Notes for Peace Collage

Notes for Peace

Launched in March 2018, the Notes for Peace project empowers parents who have lost children to gun violence to create original songs of tribute. With guidance from the Civic Fellows, guest teaching artists from the U.K.-based Irene Taylor Trust and professional vocalists, parents compose, perform live and professionally record their music, which is then featured alongside family photos and lyrics on

To date, over 90 families have written songs to honor lives lost to gun violence.

“It was healing for us. I’m honored because Archie’s legacy is going to live on through this music…I’m not a grieving mother anymore, I’m a healing mother.” —Anthanette Marshbanks

Support for the 2023/24 Notes for Peace program is provided by the Clinton Family Fund, Megan and Steve Shebik, Theodore and Elisabeth Wachs, and an anonymous donor.

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