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June 10, 2020 | Press Statements

Music Community Statement on New York State Senate and Assembly Passing Repeal of Section 50-A, Strong Police Reform

WASHINGTON, DC (June 10, 2020)  Following Tuesday’s passage in the New York state Senate and Assembly of repeal of section 50-A of New York’s Civil Rights Law, which hides records of police misconduct and abuse from the public, leaders of the American Association of Independent Music, Artist Rights Alliance, Black Music Coalition (U.S.), Future of Music Coalition, Music Artists Coalition, the Recording Industry Association of America and the Songwriters of North America issued the following statement:

“On Monday, after an extraordinary outpouring of support, the united music community publicly released a letter calling for passage of the long-running campaign to repeal section 50-A.

“We applaud the state Senate and state Assembly leaders and the broader civil rights community who have been working for years to pass this-much needed reform. Section 50-A is part of the infrastructure of secrecy that undermines reform of the police and justice for victims in New York. The music community is honored to support their brave work that has set the stage for the current moment of reform. We look forward to the governor signing this vital legislation into law this week.”


For more information, please contact:

K. Kim Atterbury (RIAA)

Carla Sacks (Sacks & Co.)