Entertainment Law Initiative

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The GRAMMY Foundation, in concert with some of the nation's most prominent entertainment attorneys, has established the Entertainment Law Initiative to promote discussion and debate about the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today. ELI also endeavors to support future careers in entertainment law by seeking out the nation's top law students and giving them invaluable networking and educational opportunities.

Three major components comprise ELI: a legal seminar series, a national writing competition for law students, and a high-profile luncheon during GRAMMY Week.

ELI Service Award Recipients

  • 2006 – Al Schlesinger
  • 2007 – Paul Marshall
  • 2008 – David Braun
  • 2009 – Jay Cooper
  • 2010 – Joel Katz
  • 2011 – John Frankenheimer

2011 Entertainment Law Initiative Scholarship Recipients

William Jacobson

(ELI Competition Winner)
Charlotte School of Law
The Robot's Record: Protecting the Value of Intellectual Property in Music When Automation Drives the Marginal Cost of Music Production to Zero

Jay Patel

USC Gould School of Law
Viral Videos: Medicine for Record Labels in the Fight Against Copyright Termination?

Brian Pearl

UCLA School of Law
Record Labels, Federal Courts And The FCC: Using Uncertainty in Communications Law to Fight Online Copyright Infringement

Daniel J. Carollo

St. John's University School of Law
The Rejection Of Recording Contracts In Bankruptcy: How Means Testing Changed the Landscape for Artists

Maral Vahdani

Chapman University School of Law
Running On Empty: The Problem With Politicians and Stealing [Music]

See past winners »

For information about the ELI Writing Competition or seating at the ELI Luncheon contact loren.fishbein@grammy.com.