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A caricature of Sarah Darling was added to the wall at The Palm recently. Photo: Alan Mayor

• The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s educational programs are now available to schools across the U.S. via distance learning interactive video technology. The museum hosted its first distance learning program on Oct. 12, offering its Is It a Fiddle or a Violin? program to students in Lake Arthur, La., and Camden, NY. Also, country singer Christy “Cee Cee” McDonald participated in a webcast for 7th & 8th graders in Readfield, Me. The video communication equipment was provided by Cisco TelePresence. Ali Tonn serves as the museum’s director of education and public programming. Teachers wishing to participate can click here.

Billboard is partnering with marketing agency ‘stache media to debut a country music mini-magazine. The fan publication includes a 20-track CD and will be available exclusively at Target Dec. 27 for $4.99. Two different covers feature Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean.

The Academy of Country Music hosted a stage at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas earlier this month. Pictured (L-R): MaryAnne Beaman, Las Vegas Events; artist JT Hodges; and ACM’s Michelle Goble. Photo: Getty Images/ACM

• Immerse, the Gospel Music Association’s Music Training Experience, will hold its fourth annual session July 23-25 at Rocketown in Nashville. Those who register before Dec. 31, 2011 will be allowed to vote in the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards. The $199 early-bird rate lasts until March 31, 2012. Earlier this year, Jackie Patillo took over as Executive Director of the GMA.

• The Billy Block Show and his Locals Only show are moving from WKDF to WSIX/97.9 beginning Jan. 1, 2012, reports It will air Sunday nights from 5-7 p.m. Sarah Darling and Trailer Choir’s Big Vinny and Butter are on the line-up for New Years Day.

• American Voices, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is accepting applications for the American Music Abroad 2012-2013 touring season. All genres are invited to apply for this international exchange program. Application deadline is Jan. 16, 2012 at 5pm PST. Details at


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