Rising star Sarah Darling is being honored for her lifelong commitment to music education. The National Association for Music Education has announced that the 'Little Umbrellas' singer will receive this year's Stand Up for Music Award.

"Sarah epitomizes the type of artist who truly understands the importance of music education," Michael A. Butera, the organization's executive director, says (quote via Taste of Country). "Her formal music training started at a young age while growing up in Mitchellville, Iowa, and her dedication to the craft of songwriting in particular has brought her significant recognition in the country music industry and beyond."

He adds, "Our members - America's music teachers - greatly appreciate her assistance in raising awareness among our elected leaders about how music education orchestrates success, both in school and beyond."

Darling will receive the award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, June 29 as part of NafME's annual National Leadership event. While she's in the capitol, the singer will also meet with legislators to discuss the importance of music education in our nation's schools.