Grammy Foundation announces 19th Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

Grammy Foundation Announces 19th Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

The Grammy Foundation® has launched its 19th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative® Writing Competition co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. The ELI Writing Competition invites law students to write a 3,000-word paper on a compelling legal topic facing the music industry today. A cash scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to the author of the winning paper, and $1,500 will be awarded to each of the four runners-up. Additionally, each winner will receive airfare, hotel accommodations and a ticket to the 59th Annual Grammy Awards®, which will be held at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The winners will also receive invitations to other Grammy® Week activities, including the prestigious annual ELI Luncheon and Scholarship Presentation on Feb. 10, 2017, where the winning students will present their essays. Past luncheon keynote speakers include Tom Brokaw, Clive Davis, Daniel Ek, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Martin Mills, Darius Van Arman and former Grammy Foundation Board member, among others.

Grammy Foundation announces 19th Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition• Contest is open to law students
• Write a 3,000-word essay on a compelling legal issue facing the music industry
• For complete contest rules, visit
• Submissions must be received by Jan. 4, 2017 (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT)
• Winners will be chosen on Jan. 27, 2017

The Grammy Foundation was established in 1988 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy®, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. In recognition of the significant role of teachers in shaping their students' musical experiences, the Grammy Foundation and The Recording Academy partnered to present the first Music Educator Award™ in 2014. Open to current U.S. music teachers in kindergarten through college, the fourth annual Music Educator Award will be given out during Grammy Week 2017 and nominations are being accepted for the 2018 cycle.

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