Entertainment Law Initiative






An Official GRAMMY® Week Event

After careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community and our many partners, the Recording Academy and CBS have postponed the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards. As a result, the Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI) GRAMMY Week Event originally scheduled for Jan. 29 at the Beverly Wilshire will also be postponed.

The health and safety of the music community and our guests remain our top priority, and we appreciate your continued support and patience while we sort out our plan for this year’s ELI event. In light of the postponement, sales of individual tickets have been paused. Please contact ELI@grammy.com with any questions. For sponsorship inquiries contact Neil Crilly, neil.crilly@recordingacademy.com.Thank you for your understanding and for being part of our Recording Academy community. 


The Recording Academy's Entertainment Law Initiative was established to promote discussion and debate around compelling legal matters and trends in the ever-evolving music industry. In partnership with some of the nation’s most esteemed entertainment attorneys, the initiative works year-round to provide networking and professional development opportunities for music professionals and cultivates the next generation of music attorneys through educational opportunities for law students.

The Entertainment Law Initiative GRAMMY Week Event provides a forum for the music business community to gather and celebrate the achievements of its own practitioners, hear from legal thought leaders, and acknowledge and support students who are pursuing careers in music law. The 2022 event will honor Susan Genco, Co-President of The Azoff Company, with the Entertainment Law Initiative Service Award. This honor is awarded to an attorney who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing and supporting the music community through service. One winner and two runners-up of the Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Contest (to be announced in January) will also be recognized at the event. 

Read More Here: 24th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative GRAMMY Week Event to Honor Susan Genco

The Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Contest challenges law students to identify and research a pressing legal issue facing the music industry today and outline a proposed solution in a 3,000-word essay. 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 at U.S. law schools. Please note that LLM students who are, or who have been at any time in the past, licensed as an attorney are not eligible to enter. JSD/SJD students are not eligible. View full rules here



One Winner

$10,000 tuition scholarship

Two tickets to the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards®

Two tickets to MusiCares® Person of the Year honoring Joni Mitchell

Recognition at the Entertainment Law Initiative GRAMMY Week Event

Los Angeles roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations for winner and guest

Publication of paper in the ABA Entertainment & Sports Lawyer Journal

Mentorship session with an ELI Executive Committee attorney member

Two Runners-Up

$2,500 tuition scholarship

Recognition at the Entertainment Law Initiative GRAMMY Week Event

Mentorship session with an ELI Executive Committee attorney member

*See official rules for details on entry requirements and prizes.



Paper Submission Deadline

Jan. 4, 2022 | 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET)

Winner and Runners-Up Notified

Jan. 14, 2022


ELI Writing Contest Rules & Submission Guidelines

View the 2021 winning paper here, the 2020 winning paper here and the 2019 winning paper here.

Help us spread the word about this exciting opportunity for law students with the ELI Writing Contest Social Media Toolkit


ELI Writing Contest Info Session


The Recording Academy hosted a virtual ELI Writing Contest Info Session on November 4th. Students and legal educators alike were invited to learn more about the contest, rules, submission guidelines, and gain valuable insight on crafting a top tier paper submission. Attendees heard from entertainment attorneys and ELI Executive Committee members Laurie Soriano and Ken Abdo, as well as 2019 winner Cameron Berkowitz and 2021 winner Sophia Sofferman. The Recording Academy’s Senior West Region Director Neil Crilly moderated.


Questions? Contact ELI@recordingacademy.com

To add your email to the ELI Writing Contest mailing list contact us at ELI.submissions@recordingacademy.com

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