Our mission is to use the power of music to provide healing, raise awareness and create positive social change for survivors of sexual violence.
Sexual violence is a silent issue. The Angel Band Project is breaking the silence and inspiring support for victims through the transformative power of music. In doing so, we hope to provide healing for survivors and foster a society that’s not only willing to listen but ready to change.
The inspiration for The Angel Band Project came from an unthinkable tragedy. In July 2009, a young man crept through an open window in the middle of the night at the home of Teresa Butz and her partner. After repeatedly raping and stabbing both women, Teresa fought back. According to police, her actions saved her partner’s life, but cost Teresa her own.
After witnessing the emotionally powerful singing at the funeral from Teresa’s musically-talented family and partner, Teresa’s lifelong best friends were inspired to record them. Teresa’s brother, two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz, and Teresa’s surviving partner, Jennifer Hopper, joined their efforts. Their aim was simple: to capture the power in the music they heard to help others heal from the effects of sexual violence.