The two organizations joined forces to produce "Freedom Sings," an evening celebrating the power of free speech in music and honoring the career of Carpenter. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 27 at the Newseum in downtown Washington, D.C. Carpenter will receive the "Spirit of Americana" Free Speech in Music Award from the Newseum's First Amendment Center and the Americana Music Association. The award recognizes artists who have used their work to raise awareness and promote free speech through their music and other efforts. Past recipients include Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, Judy Collins, Charlie Daniels and Steve Earle
Former Washington Post journalist and current recording artist Eric Brace along with Rodney Crowell and Judy Collins will also perform at the event.