ARA Joins Music Coalition in Fight to Repeal NY Law 50-A

The Artist Rights Alliance is proud to have been a part of a broad music industry coalition that fought to repeal New York law 50-A. The law concealed complaints against police officers and records of misconduct, giving officers blanket protection from public scrutiny.

On June 12th, 50-A was officially repealed.

You can read the coalition letter and see the full list of signers below.

June 8, 2020

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224

The Honorable Andrea Stewart-Cousins New York State Senate
Legislative Office Building #907
Albany, NY 12247

The Honorable Carl Heastie New York State Assembly Legislative Office Building #932 Albany, NY 12248

Dear Governor Cuomo, Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins, and Speaker Heastie:

We mourn the killing of George Floyd and the unnecessary loss of so many black lives before his. We must hold accountable those who violate the oath to protect and serve, and find justice for those who are victim to their violence. An indispensable step is having access to disciplinary records of law enforcement officers. New York statute 50-A blocks that full transparency, shielding a history of police misconduct from public scrutiny, making it harder to seek justice and bring about reform. It must be repealed immediately.

It is not enough to chip away at 50-A; this boulder in the path of justice has stood in the way for far too long and must be crushed entirely. It is not just a misreading of the statute; it is not just an inappropriate broadening of its scope. It is the statute itself, serving to block relevant crucial information in the search for accountability.

We were pleased to hear the Governor’s statement that 50-A should not prohibit the release of disciplinary records. But, clearly, it is not enough. 50-A has been used far too often in the past and, without repeal, it will continue to be used to block justice. When the Legislature returns this week, we urge members to recognize the moment, take one loud, bold, and meaningful step in addressing this systemic problem, and swiftly repeal 50-A.

Thank you.

Artist / Actors / Athletes — Alphabetical

6lack
070 Shake
99 Neighbors
Aaron Parks
Abraham Boyd (Infinity’s Song)
Adeniyi Adelekan
Adrian Daniel
Adrian Oropeza (After The Burial)
Adrianne Lenker
AJ McLean
AJR
Alain Macklovitch (A-Trak)
Alana Rocklin (STS9)
Alex Deleon (Bohnes)
Alexander Frankel
Ali Tamposi
Alisa Ramirez, Cristal Ramirez, Katie Henderson & McKenna Petty p/k/a “The Aces”
Alissa Violet
Aloe Blacc
Aluna / AlunaGeorge
Alvin Worthy (Westside Gunn)
Amy Thomson
Anastasia Karanikolaou
Anderson .Paak
Andra Day
Andrew Bazzi p/k/a “Bazzi”
Andrew Glass (We Came As Romans)
Andrew Thomas
Andy Biersack
Angel Boyd (Infinity’s Song)
Angela Aguilar
Angie Martinez
Animal Collective
Anitta
Anthony Notarmaso (After The Burial)
Anthony Roth Costanzo
Anthony Russo
Aqil Davidson
Ariana Grande
Ariel Rechtshaid

Arunan Balasurbramanian (Saves the Day) ASAP Ferg
Asian Doll
Baby Bash

Baby Jake
Barfbag
Barrie Lindsay
Becca Mancari
Ben Harper
Ben Schneider, Miguel Briseno, Tom Renaud & Mark Barry p/k/a “Lord Huron”

Benjamin Gebert (Haerts) Benjamin Scheuer
Bernie Taupin
Best Coast

Bettye LaVette
Big Thief
Big Wild
Billie Eilish
Billie Joe Armstrong Billy Porter

Bishop Briggs Blake Mills
Blondie
Bob Moses
Bobby McKeon (4B) Bobby Sessions Boogie

Bradley Walden (Emarosa) Brennan Savage
Brian Fallon (Gaslight Anthem) Brian Weitz (Geologist)

Bryan Giles
Bryce Love
CAKE
Camila Cabello Carlos Cid p/k/a “Cid” Carlos Perez

Celeste Krishna Chad Lawson Chantel Jeffries Charlie Sloth Charly Bliss Chase B

Chaz Bono
Chika
Chino Braxton
Chloe Kohanski p/k/a “chloe mk”

Chris Anokute
Chris Cohen
Christian Karlsson
Christian Leave
Christina DiBiase
Christina Gebert (Haerts)
Christina Schneider (Locate S,1) Christopher Conley (Saves the Day) Christopher Tin

City of the Sun
Claire Boucher p/k/a “Grimes”
Clarissa Molina
Claudio Olachea
Claudio Rivera (Saves the Day)
Claudio Sanchez (Coheed and Cambria)
Clayton Stevens (Touché Amoré)
ClickNPress
Cole Browning (Reptaliens)
Cole Whittle
Conor Matthews
Cory Henry
Courtney Amis
Creighton Irons
Curtis Peoples
Cynthia Erivo
Damon Sharpe
Dan Carle (After The Burial)
Danielle Brisebois
Danny K. Bernstine
Darius Scott
Dave East
Dave Stephens (We Came As Romans)
David A. Stewart
David Ben-David
David Biral
David Guetta
David Phipps (STS9)
David Portner (Avey Tare)
David Pramik
David Puckett (We Came As Romans)
David Sitek (TV on the Radio)
David Styles (The Lox)
Dawn Landes
deadmau5
Deal Casino (Joe Parella, Joe Cowell, Jon Rodney) Death Cab for Cutie
Debbie Hennessey
Demi Lovato

Deon Douglas
Desmond Jackson
Diamonte Harper pka Saweetie
Diana Navarro
Dillon Francis
DiMA (Digital Media Association)
Dinah Jane
DJ Ashba
DJ Battlecat
DJ Pauly D
Don Toliver
Donna Missal
Dorothy Martin (Dorothy)
DRAM
Dre Skull
Earnest White (Emarosa)
Earth, Wind & Fire: Phillip Bailey, Verdine White & Ralph Johnson EDEN
Elizabeth Johnston
Elliot Babin (Touché Amoré)
Elohim
Emily Brimlow
Emily King
Erick Hansel (Chon)
Esiah Camarena (Chon)
Ezinma
Flavia Watson
Freddie Kennett (Louis The Child)
Future
Gabbie Hanna
Gata
Gavin Casewell (Senses Fail)
Gilligan Moss
Goldilocks
Grant-Lee Phillips
Greg Styliadess (Senses Fail)
Gunna
Hailey Bieber
Haley Reinhart
Hans Berg
Hunter Brown (STS9)
Iann Dior
IDK
In This Moment
Israel Boyd (Infinity’s Song)
J Balvin
Jack Johnson
Jacob Banks

Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach) Jaden “jxdn” Hossler
Jaleel Bunton (TV on the Radio) Jamari Jones

James Blake
James Nielsen (Senses Fail)
Jamie Lynn Spears
Jason Milbank (Senses Fail)
Jason Phillips (The Lox)
Javier Reyess (Animals As Leaders)
Jay Gwuapo
Jeffree Lerner (STS9)
Jennah Bell
Jeremie Pennick (Benny The Butcher) Jeremy Bolm (Touché Amoré)
Jerry Horton (Papa Roach)
Jessica A. Sobhraj
Jessica Rodriguez
Jetsonmade
Joe Goldberg
Joe Jackson
Joe Perry
Joe Young
Joey Ryan (The Milk Carton Kids)
Jojo
Jon Baste
Jonas Brothers
Jonathan “Zeke” Hutchins
Jordy van Egmond (Dyro)
Jośe James
Joseph Cartagena (Fat Joe)
Josh Eppard (Coheed and Cambria)
Josh Kear
Josh Richards
Joshua Dibb (Deakin)
Joshua Moore (We Came As Romans) Journey
Jozzy
Julian Okwara
Juliet Simms
Justin Bieber
Kahbran White
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Kameron Alexander
Kamtin Mohager (The Chain Gang of 1975) Kedr Livanskiy
Keli Kickham

Kelis Rogers
Kelly Rowland
Kelsey Calemine
Kenneth Pattengale (The Milk Carton Kids) Kiefer Sutherland
Kiernan Forbes p/k/a “AKA”
Kirstin Maldonado
Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio)
L’FREAQ (Lea Cappelli)
Laura Bergstein
Lauren Flax
Lauren Jauregui
Layton Greene
Lee Ritenour
Leon Bridges
Leon Thomas
Leslie Odom Jr.
Lil Dicky
Lil Tjay
Lina Tullgren
Lizzo
Loren Gray
Lou Cotton (We Came As Romans)
Love Mansuy
LSDREAM
Lucy Hale
Ludwig Goransson
Luke James
Lunice Ferman Pierre (Lunice)
M the Myth
Mac Powell
Mackned (William Gable)
Maeta Hall (Maeta)
Maggie Vail
Mandolyn Ludlum
Mandy Moore
Marco Masis (Tainy)
Mariah Carey
Mario Camarena (Chon)
Mark Ronson
Marlanna Evans
Marlo “Yo Gotti” Mims
Mary J. Blige
Matt Gartska (Animals As Leaders) Matthew Brue (Missio)
Matthew Carlson (RIPMATTBLACK) Matthew Hauri (Yung Gravy)
Matthew Marcellus (Emarosa)

Matthew Montfort Meek Mill
Megan Ryte
Megan Thee Stallion Meghan Trainor Michelle Shocked Michelle Williams Migos

Miguel
Mike Elizondo
MK (Marc Kinchen)
Molly Burch
Molly Hamilton (Widowspeak)
Money Marr
MyKey
Nana Kwabena Tuffuor
Nasir Jones p/k/a “Nas”
Nathan Camarena (Chon)
Nathan Fox
Nedarb (Braden Morgan)
Nick Kwiatkoski
Nick Steinhardt (Touché Amoré)
Nick Weiller (Bro Safari)
Nicole Bus
Nile Rodgers
Noah Lennox (Panda Bear)
Norah Jones
Normani Hamilton pka Normani
ODESZA (Harrison Mills & Clayton Knight) Offset
Olivia O’Brien
Om’Mas Keith
Ondara
Onyx Collective
Papa Roach
Parson James
Patrick Baril (Statik Selektah)
Paula Abdul
Pepe Aguilar
Perta
Peter CottonTale
Peter Rosenberg
Poo Bear
Post Malone
Princess Nokia
Pussycat Dolls
Rebecca Ferguson
Rebecca M. Lish

Richie Sambora Rihanna Rinzen
RMR

Rob “Blasko” Nicholson
Robby Hauldren (Louis The Child)
Robert Glasper
Robert Joffred (Emarosa)
Robert Thomas (Widowspeak)
Robin Thicke
Rock Mafia
Rodrigo Palma (Saves the Day)
Romeo Okwara
Ronnie Stanley
Rosanne Cash
Ryan Raddon p/k/a Kaskade
RZA
S.G. Goodman
Saint Jhn
Sam Hunt
Sara Bareilles
SASAMI
Saweetie
SAYMYNAME
Scott Holiday (Rival Sons)
SEAL
Sean Jacobs (The Lox)
Sean Michael Leonard Anderson (Big Sean) Sebastian Baldeon Leon (Diablo)
Sharon Van Etten
Shawn Mendes
Sheck Wes
Shordie Shordie
Sian
Siedah Garrett
Social House
Sophia Allison p/k/a Soccer Mommy
Sophia Montero p/k/a Angelic
Sophie Hintze
Stark Sands
Steve Carey (Senses Fail)
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry
Summer Walker
Sweet Crude
Take a Daytrip
Tamara Browning (Reptaliens)
Tank and the Bangas

Tanya Phillips (TATYANA) Tayla Parx
Taylor Tomlinson
Teeklef (Ebuka Unogu) Terius Nash (The-Dream) Teyana Taylor

Thaddis Harrell (Kuk Harrell)
Thalia Mosaia Boyd (Infinity’s Song) Thao & The Get Down Stay Down The-Dream
Thee Sacred Souls
Tift Merritt
Tim Dehnert (TRACES)
Tim Nichols
Tinashe
Tobin Esperance (Papa Roach) Tommy Bruce
Tommy English
Tony Palermo (Papa Roach)
Tori Kelly
Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders) Travis Mills
Travis Stever (Coheed and Cambria) Trent Hafdhal (After The Burial) Trinity Bailey
Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio) Turbo
Tyler Kirby (Touché Amoré) Valentino Khan
VERNON REID
Victory Boyd (Infinity’s Song)
Wale
Wax Chattels
Wesley Pentz p/k/a “Diplo”
William Philips (Tourist)
Wilsen
YG
Young Guru
Zach Velmer (STS9)
Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV)
Zachary Dawes

Organizations and Supporters — Alphabetical

1990 Records
2MR
A to Z Media
Abi Getto (Vanta Artists)

Actors’ Equity Association
Adam Alpert (Disruptor Records)
Adam Foley
Adam Zia, Esq
Agustin Mota
AIMP
Akil Channer
Alex Remes
Alexandra Greenberg, Falcon Publicity
Ali Harnell
Allison Kaye
Allison Statter
Ally Ehasz
Amanda Schupf
Amanda Silverman (Lede Company)
American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) Amina McClain
Ana Ruiz (Drive Music Publishing)
Andrea Johnson
Andrea Vera
Andrew Gertler
Andrew Orcutt, Esq.
Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith
Anthony Saleh
Ari Bernstein
Ariana Shakibnia
Arista Records
Artist Rights Alliance
ASCAP
Asemota Music Group
Asha Madhukar, Esq.
Ashaunna K Ayars
Astralwerks Records
Atlantic Records
AudioSalad
Ava Greenfield
Ben Wittkugel
Benchmob
Bilal Joseph
Binta Niambi Brown
Blended Strategy Group
Blonde Artist Management
Blood Company
Blue Note Records
BLUEOX
BMI
Bozoma Saint John
Brad Turell

Brandon Creed
Brandon Paradise
Brandon Silverstein (S10 Management) Brandon Zmigrocki
Bravado
Brent Lauren Ford
Brian St. John
Brianna Crow
Bryan Raisa
Cal Shapiro
Calhoun Rawlings
Canvasback Music
Capitol Christian Music Group
Capitol Music Group
Capitol Records
Captured Tracks
Carl Stubner
Caroline
Catherine Enny (Guerilla Management) Chad Horton
Chantal Felice
Cheryl Paglierani
Chiquita Banks, Esq.
Chris Salinas
Chris Smith
Christa Pecha
Clare Paterson, Esq.
Cody Verdecias
Colleen Theis
Columbia Records
Conrad Rippy, Esq.
Corrie Martin
Craig Bruck
Crowd Surf
Crystal Torres
Damien Smith (Full Stop Management) Damon Sharpe
Daniel Lerman
Danielle Geiger
Danielle Middleton
Danny Goldberg
Daouda Leonard (CreateSafe)
Dave Kaplan
David Bason
David Israelite
David Sonenberg
Def Jam Records
Demaris Bailey

Dennis Ashley
Deprise Brazel, Esq.
Derrick Lee, Esq.
Dirtybird (Barclay Crenshaw)
Dre London
Dualtone Music Group
E. Andrea Timpone
Ebonie Ward (Emagen)
Edward Shapiro, Esq. (Reed Smith LLP)
Elektra Music Group
Elena Marie Occhipinti, Esq.
Elon Musk
Epic Records
Erica Ramon
Evan Owens Jr.
Ezinma
Feature.fm
Feyi Ekisola
Fool’s Gold Inc. (Alain Macklovitch)
Foreign Family Collective
Free Press Association
Full Stop Management
Gabriela Schwartz
Gary Gilbert, Esq.
Gaston McGary (Mob Creative)
Geoff Barnett (Red Light Entertainment) Giovanna Judge
Global Music Rights
GoDigital Media Group
Grace James
Graham Martin
Hallwood Media
Hannah Linkenhoker
Heidi Kelso (HK Media Group)
Henry Root, Esq.
Hope Driskell
Icon Business Management
Independent Music Professionals United (IMPU) Indie-Pop!
Innovative Leisure (Jamie Strong)
Interscope Geffen A&M
Irving Azoff
Island Records
Jacqueline Reynolds-Drumm
Jahanvi Srinivasan
Jana Fleishman (Roc Nation)
Janine Small, Esq. (Janine Small, PLLC)
Jason Bernard (Born and Raised Entertainment)

Jeff Leven, Esq. Jeffrey Azoff
Jenna Novak Jennifer Justice Jennifer McDaniels Jess Froham Jessie Winkler, Esq. Jodie Shihadeh Joel Roman

John Ingram, Esq.
Jojo Benton
Jon Platt
Jon Pleeter
Jonathan Pardo
Jordan Bromley, Esq.
Josh Klein (Monarch Business & Wealth Management) Joshua T. Love, Esq.

Joyce Moore
Julia Senerth
Justin De Marco Kacie Anderson Kareem “Biggs” Burke Kate Glinert Katherine Ziewacz Kati Goldberg

Keisha Walker
Kelly Sodano
Kevin Jergenson
Kirkland Alexander Lynch, Esq. Kobalt Music

Kristen Foster
Kristina Fields (Fenty Corp.)
Kyle Judge (Headz Up Entertainment, LLC) Kyle Kernohan
LaPolt Law, P.C.
Larry Rudolph
Laura Pallas (Pallas Management Group) Lauren Azevedo
Lauren Corcoran
Laurence Leader
Lekeia Judge
Lewis Kovac
Lisa Lester, Esq.
Louis Daniels Connection, LLC
Lulu M. Pantin, Esq.
LVRN
MAC
Mad Decent

Manufactured Recordings Marci Webber (MDM Artists) Mari Davies
Mark A. Barondess, Esq. Mark Siegal

Marty Diamond
Matt Gould
Matthew Peters
Meezy Entertainment, LLC Megan Frestedt

Melanie Davis
Merck Mercuriadis
MIA Coalition
Michael Dotson
Michael Grinspan
Michael Hertz
Michael Kadziulis
Michael Rexford, Esq.
Michael Rubin
Michael Turkowitz
Michele Fleischli
Michelle Martinez
Michelle Scarbrough
Mike Hayes
Mike Mowery
Mitch Blackman
Monika A. Tashman, Esq.
Motisola Zulu, Esq.
Motown Records
Music Artists Coalition (MAC)
Music Biz
Music Managers Forum — US (MMF-US) MVD Entertainment
Naima Cochrane
Nakiya Morgan
Naomi Raddon
Natalka Dudynsky
Nicholas Rosenberg, Esq.
Nicole Borelli Hearn
Nicole E. Timpone
Nicole Karpas (S10 Management)
Niles Goodwin
Nima Nasseri
Nonesuch Records
OK Go
Patrick Moxey, Ultra Records
Peter Lewit, Esq.
Phil McIntyre (PHILYMACK)

Point Records
Provident Label Group
PSBM (Phil Sarna)
Quite Scientific Records
Rachel Cohen
Randall Uritsky
Randy Freedman
Randy Jackson
RCA Records
Rebecca Bernstein
Rebecca Sansom
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Reel Muzik Werks, LLC
Republic Records
Rhonda Bedikian
Rhythm and Blues Foundation
Ria Otero
Rich Cohen (Loyalty Management)
Richburg Enterprises LLC
Rick Farrell
Rick Levy
Rob Prinz
Roger L. Cramer, Esq.
Ryan Nagle
Sacks & Co
Saddle Creek
Sam Bartlett
Sam Mobarek, Mob Creative
Sara Shapiro
Sarah Som-Dotson
Satellite Mode
Scott M Schwartz
Scott Mantell
Scott Pang
Scott Scooter Braun
Sierra E Sant’Anna
Sinderlyn
Sir David Adjaye OBE
Sire Records
SONA
Songwriters of North America (SONA)
Sony Masterworks
Sony Music Group
Sony Music Latin
Sony Music Nashville
Sony Music’s Commercial Music Group Sony/ATV Music Publishing
SoundExchange

Spotify
Stephanie Gutman
Steve Levine
Sub Pop Records
Susan Genco
Symphonic
Symphonic Distribution
Talani Diggs
Tama Kennemer
Tamara Milagros-Butler, Esq.
Taryn Brown + Company
Taylor Sargent
The Living Legends Foundation, Inc.
The Orchard
The Rad Trads
The Songwriters Guild of America (SGA)
The Visceral Glitch/ UnderCover
Theis
Thomas Manzi
Thomas Winkler, Esq. (WEPRSNT Management) Tiffany Carter
Tiffany R. Almy, Esq.
Timeline Management
TMWRK Management
Tom Wironen
Tommas Arnby (Locomotion)
Toro Artists Music
Tunde Balogun (LVRN)
Universal Music Group
Universal Music Latin Entertainment
Universal Music Publishing Group
Upward Spiral Music
Vanessa Morris
Veronica Hartling
Verve Music Group
Vivek Sridharan, Esq.
W. Joseph Anderson, Esq.
Warner Music Group
Warner Music Latina
Warner Music Nashville
Warner Records
Willie “Prophet” Stiggers
Zariyah Etienne
Zev Perilman (Untapped Management)

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