GRAMMY Foundation Launches 15th Annual ELI Writing Competition

Co-sponsored by American Bar Association, $5,000 scholarship to be awarded to competition winner
December 19, 2012 -- 5:00 am PST

The GRAMMY Foundation has launched its 15th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition, co-sponsored by the American Bar Association. A substantial cash scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to the author of the winning paper and $1,500 will be awarded to each of four runners-up. Additionally, each winner will receive airfare, hotel accommodations and a ticket to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2013, and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network, as well as invitations to other GRAMMY Week activities, including the prestigious annual ELI Luncheon on Feb. 8.

The ELI Writing Competition invites law students to write a 3,000-word paper on a compelling legal topic facing the music industry today. To encourage applications, the GRAMMY Foundation hosts ELI Writing Competition workshops at prominent law schools around the country with the goal of helping students with their essays. Once again, ELI is partnering with to allow students to upload their submissions directly via the Internet.'s mission is to provide the best tools to enable people around the world to share and exchange information and content.

The winning student authors will present their essays at the ELI Luncheon. Past luncheon keynote speakers include Edgar Bronfman Jr., former chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group; Clive Davis, chief creative officer of BMG North America; Daniel Ek, co-founder and CEO of Spotify; Timothy J. Leiweke, president and CEO of AEG; and, GRAMMY-winning artist/producer and GRAMMY Foundation Board member, among others.

Competition submissions must be postmarked by Jan. 3 at 11 a.m. PST. Winners will be announced Jan. 31. For complete contest rules and additional information, send an email to or visit

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