Robert Kyncl To Keynote ELI Luncheon

YouTube's Robert Kyncl to give keynote at GRAMMY Week event; entertainment attorney Don Passman to be honored with ELI Service Award
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    Robert Kyncl
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    Don Passman
January 16, 2014 -- 6:35 pm PST

Robert Kyncl, head of content and business operations at YouTube, will give the keynote address at the 16th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon & Scholarship Presentation. The event will take place Jan. 24 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., during GRAMMY Week.

Don Passman, a partner in the law firm of Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, will be the recipient of the 2014 Service Award, which will be presented by multi-GRAMMY-winning artist Randy Newman. The honor is awarded to an attorney who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing and supporting the music community through service. Additional program participants will include Ron Wilcox, ELI Executive Chair; Ken Abdo, ELI Program Chair and music industry attorney at Lommen, Abdo, Cole, King & Stageberg, P.A.; and Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.

At the luncheon, a cash scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to the author of the winning paper of the Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition, and $1,500 will be awarded to each of the four runners-up. Additionally, all ELI writing competition finalists will receive airfare, hotel accommodations and a ticket to the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, as well as invitations to other GRAMMY Week activities.

The 16th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon & Scholarship Presentation is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week, a celebration that culminates with the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Established in 1998 to recognize and further the connection between the legal profession and the recording community, the ELI program seeks to address legal issues confronting the music industry.

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place live on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The telecast also will be supported on radio worldwide via WestwoodOne, and covered online at and

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