2021 Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI) Writing Competition

December 1, 2020 - January 4, 2021 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


ELI competition graphic23rd ANNUAL ENTERTAINMENT LAW INITIATIVE (An Official GRAMMY Week Event)

The Recording Academy®, in concert with some of the nation's most prominent entertainment attorneys, established the Entertainment Law Initiative to promote discussion and debate about the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today.

Although the 2021 program and scholarship presentation will take place virtually, as in years past it will continue to provide a forum for the industry to honor its own practitioners, hear from legal thought leaders and support promising law students interested in entertainment law.

The Entertainment Law Initiative fosters future careers in entertainment law by seeking out the nation's top law students and giving them invaluable networking and educational opportunities. For the past 22 years, the program has included a legal writing competition that offers law students the chance to win up to $10,000 in tuition-based scholarships.

The ELI Writing Competition challenges students to identify, research and write an essay outlining a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry. 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.

ONE WINNER WILL RECEIVE

  • $10,000 scholarship paid on behalf of the student toward their law school tuition
  • A private one-hour online mentorship session with a top entertainment attorney from the ELI Executive Committee
  • Recognition at the online ELI program and scholarship presentation on Jan. 29, 2021

TWO RUNNERS-UP WILL RECEIVE

  • $2,500 scholarship paid on behalf of the student toward their law school tuition
  • A private one-hour online mentorship session with a top entertainment attorney from the ELI Executive Committee
  • Recognition at the online ELI program and scholarship presentation on Jan. 29, 2021

Please join the ELI Writing Competition Info Session on Facebook LIVE, Tuesday, Dec. 1st at 11 a.m. PST. This program will also be available for viewing on-demand after the live presentation at GRAMMY.com/ELI. In addition to law students gaining career advice from two top entertainment lawyers, we encourage students, educators and professionals alike to join us to hear from previous student winners, two of our ELI Executive Committee members and Recording Academy staff about how law students can participate in the ELI Writing Competition to compete for tuition scholarships and more. Participants include:

  • Ken Abdo, ELI Executive Committee Member and Writing Competition Program Chair | Entertainment Lawyer & Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Christopher Chiang, ELI Writing Competition 2020 Student Winner | Recent UCLA Graduate | First-Year Associate, Michelman & Robinson
  • Neil Crilly, Senior Director, West Region, Recording Academy
  • Asha Madhukar, ELI Writing Competition 2019 Student Runner Up | Music Attorney, Counsel LLP
  • Laurie Soriano, Chair, ELI Executive Committee | Music Lawyer & Partner, King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano

RSVP HERE: https://grm.my/3pCDQoo

IMPORTANT DATES

Paper Submission Deadline
Jan. 4, 2021- 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST)

Winners Notified
Jan. 15, 2021

Online ELI Program and Scholarship Presentation
Jan. 29, 2021, Time TBA

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Please visit GRAMMY.com/ELI for full details including rules, deadlines, and more.