Recording Academy Announces 20th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative® Writing Competition

The Recording Academy has launched its 20th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative® Writing Competition co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. The Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition has been redesigned to focus greater attention on the winner. The program has also returned to the Recording Academy’s Membership & Industry Relations Department, where the program was initially created.

The Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition invites law students to write a 3,000-word paper on a compelling legal topic facing the music industry today. A $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to the author of the winning paper, and a $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to the runner-up. In addition, the winner will receive airfare and hotel accommodations for two and two tickets to the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, which will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT. The winner will also receive two tickets to other 60th GRAMMY® Week activities, including the prestigious annual Entertainment Law Initiative Event & Scholarship Presentation on Jan. 26, where the winning student will be recognized; MusiCares® Person of the Year tribute honoring Fleetwood Mac on Jan. 26; and the GRAMMY Celebration®, the official GRAMMY Awards after-party.

  • The Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition is open to law students enrolled in ABA-approved law schools
  • Students must write a 3,000-word essay on a compelling legal issue facing the music industry
  • For complete contest rules, visit grammy.com/entertainment-law-initiative; for further questions, email [email protected]
  • Submissions must be received by Jan. 2, 2018 (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT)
  • Winners will be announced on Jan. 10, 2018