Entertainment Law Initiative

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ENTERTAINMENT LAW INITIATIVE® | An Official GRAMMY® Week Event

Thanks for joining us on Friday, March 12, 2021

Missed it? Watch the 23rd Annual Entertainment Law Initiative virtual event on-demand below. View the program card here.

View a recap of the event here.

23rd Annual ELI | GRAMMY Week 2021 Recap

The Recording Academy, in partnership with some of the nation’s most prominent entertainment attorneys, established the Entertainment Law Initiative to promote discussion and debate about the most pressing issues facing the music industry today. The annual ELI GRAMMY Week event provides a forum for the industry to honor its own practitioners, hear from legal thought leaders, and support students seeking careers in entertainment law. The safety of our members and community remains the Recording Academy's top priority and so the 2021 program was held online. Thank you to all of our sponsors who made this year's program possible and congratulations again to the 2021 ELI Service Award honoree, Black Entertainment and Sports Lawywers Association (BESLA). Information about the 2022 event will be released in fall of 2021.

The Entertainment Law Initiative fosters future careers in entertainment law by providing invaluable networking and educational opportunities throughout the year. Shortly after its formation the initiative grew to include an annual writing competition that provides law students with an opportunity to win up to $10,000 in tuition-based scholarships. The ELI Writing Competition challenges students to identify, research, and write an essay outlining a proposed solution to a current and compelling legal issue within the entertainment industry. A nationwide panel of music law experts judge the papers in a blind process to select a winner and two runners-up. The contest is open to Juris Doctorate (JD) and Master of Laws (LLM) candidates at U.S. law schools. Information about the 2022 ELI Writing Competition will be released in summer of 2021.

Congratulations to the 2021 ELI Writing Competition winner, Sophia Sofferman, Esq.! See her winning paper here.

View our runners-up papers for Evan Biegel here and Alberto Vargas here. Congratulations to both of our 2021 ELI Writing Competition runners-up!

ONE WINNER RECEIVED

  • $10,000 scholarship paid on behalf of the student toward their law school tuition
  • A private one-hour online mentorship session with a top entertainment attorney from the ELI Executive Committee
  • Recognition during the scholarship presentation at the 23rd Annual Entertainment Law Initiative on March 12, 2021
  • Publication of their paper in the American Bar Association's Entertainment & Sports Lawyer journal

TWO RUNNERS-UP RECEIVED

  • $2,500 scholarship paid on behalf of the student toward their law school tuition
  • A private one-hour online mentorship session with a top entertainment attorney from the ELI Executive Committee
  • Recognition during the scholarship presentation at the 23rd Annual Entertainment Law Initiative on March 12, 2021

 

ENTERTAINMENT LAW INITIATIVE WRITING COMPETITION

2021 ELI Writing Competition Scholarships proudly sponsored by

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Check out our 2021 ELI Writing Competition Info Session to learn from previous student winners, two of our ELI Executive Committee members and Recording Academy staff about how law students can participate in the ELI Writing Competition to compete for tuition scholarships and more. Featuring:

Ken Abdo, ELI Executive Committee Member and Writing Competition Program Chair | Entertainment Lawyer & Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP

Christopher Chiang, 2020 ELI Writing Competition Winner | Recent UCLA Graduate | First-Year Associate, Michelman & Robinson

Neil Crilly, Senior Director, West Region, Recording Academy

Asha Madhukar, 2019 ELI Writing Competition Runner-Up | Music Attorney, Counsel LLP

Laurie Soriano, Chair, ELI Executive Committee | Music Lawyer & Partner, King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for future events please contact Neil Crilly to discuss package options and pricing at neil.crilly@recordingacademy.com or 310.581.6474.

For general ELI questions contact ELI@recordingacademy.com.