Entertainment Law Initiative





Thank you to all of our sponsors and attendees of the 22nd Annual Entertainment Law Initiative® (An Official GRAMMY Week® Event)

Friday, January 24, 2020, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sponsorship and single admission ticket sales are now closed.


The Recording Academy®, in concert with some of the nation’s most prominent entertainment attorneys, established the Entertainment Law Initiative to promote discussion and debate about the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today.

The Entertainment Law Initiative event is the nation's preeminent gathering for the entertainment industry’s legal and executive community during GRAMMY Week. It provides a forum for the industry to honor its own practitioners, hear from legal thought leaders, and support promising law students interested in entertainment law. This event also features recognition of a top music industry legal figure.

Information for the 23rd Annual Entertainment Law Initiative will be released in fall of 2020.



Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

The Entertainment Law Initiative fosters future careers in entertainment law by seeking out the nation’s top law students and giving them invaluable networking and educational opportunities. Soon to be in its 23rd year, the program has grown to include a national legal writing competition.

The ELI Writing Competition challenges students to identify, research, and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry. A nationwide panel of music law experts will judge the papers in a blind process to select a winner and two runners-up. This contest is open to Juris Doctorate (JD) and master of laws (LLM) candidates currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school.

Writing competition submissions are now closed.

Information about the 2021 competition will be released in fall of 2020.