GRAMMY Foundation Launches ELI Writing Competition

Co-sponsored by American Bar Association, $5,000 scholarship to be awarded to competition winner
September 29, 2010 -- 4:00 am PDT

The GRAMMY Foundation has launched its 13th 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 essay 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 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2011, as well as invitations to other GRAMMY Week activities, including the annual ELI Luncheon on Feb. 11.

ELI endeavors to promote future careers in entertainment law by seeking out the nation's top law students and giving them invaluable networking and educational opportunities. Established in 1998 by The Recording Academy, ELI is designed to forge a connection between the creative, technical and legal communities of the music industry.

"The GRAMMY Foundation's Entertainment Law Initiative has evolved into a vital program that offers promising law students the opportunity to engage in a dialogue about the significant issues facing the music industry today," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. "Just as the GRAMMY Foundation's education programs for high school students nurture the music professionals of tomorrow, our Entertainment Law Initiative is fostering the next generation of entertainment law practitioners."

ELI has three main components: the essay competition, a GRAMMY Week ELI Luncheon featuring a prominent keynote speaker, and a legal seminar series.

The ELI WritingCompetition invites law students to write a 3,000-word essay on a compelling legal topic facing the music industry today. The Foundation also conducts ELI Writing Competition workshops at prominent law schools around the country with the goal of helping students with their essays. Once again this year, ELI has partnered with to allow students to upload their submissions directly over the Internet.'s mission is to provide the best tools to enable people around the world to share and exchange information and content.

The contest will culminate with essay presentations from the winning student authors at the prestigious ELI Luncheon. Past luncheon keynote speakers have included Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.); Edgar Bronfman Jr., chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group; Clive Davis, chief creative officer of BMG North America; Zach Horowitz, president and COO of Universal Music Group; and Timothy J. Leiweke, president and CEO of AEG, among others.

The ELI Legal Seminar series will kick off at the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago on Oct. 27 with a panel titled Practicing Entertainment Law In The New Legal And Music Economy. This program will be presented in partnership with the DePaul University College of Law Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology.

Competition submissions must be sent online by Jan. 3 at 11 a.m. PST. Winners will be announced on Jan. 30. For complete contest rules, send an e-mail to


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