Entertainment Law Initiative

The Recording Academy’s Entertainment Law Initiative was established to promote discussion and debate around compelling legal matters and trends in the ever-evolving music industry. In partnership with some of the nation’s most esteemed entertainment attorneys, the initiative works year-round to provide networking and professional development opportunities for music professionals and cultivates the next generation of music attorneys through educational opportunities for law students.

 

 

 

24th ANNUAL ENTERTAINMENT LAW INITIATIVE®

An Official GRAMMY® Week Event

Saturday, January 29, 2022 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. PT

The Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel

The Recording Academy’s Entertainment Law Initiative was established to promote discussion and debate around compelling legal matters and trends in the ever-evolving music industry. In partnership with some of the nation’s most esteemed entertainment attorneys, the initiative works year-round to provide networking and professional development opportunities for music professionals and cultivates the next generation of music attorneys through educational opportunities for law students.

The Entertainment Law Initiative GRAMMY Week Event provides a forum for the music business community to gather and celebrate the achievements of its own practitioners, hear from legal thought leaders, and acknowledge and support students who are pursuing careers in music law. 

The 2021 event was held online due to safety concerns around the ongoing pandemic. Read about and stream the event here: 23rd Annual Entertainment Law Initiative GRAMMY Week Event Honoring the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA)

The next edition of the event is currently set for January, 29, 2022 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles. The safety of our honorees, guests, performers, and staff is our priority, so the event will follow all necessary COVID-19 precautions, safety guidelines and requirements set forth by health officials at the time of the event.

Sponsorship table packages and single admission tickets will go on sale soon and details will be posted here. Interested in sponsoring the 24th Annual ELI GRAMMY Week Event? Contact Neil Crilly, neil.crilly@recordingacademy.com

The Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Contest challenges law students to identify and research a pressing legal issue facing the music industry today and outline a proposed solution in a 3,000-word essay. 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. Please note that LLM students who are, or who have been at any time in the past, licensed as an attorney are not eligible to enter. JSD/SJD students are not eligible. View full rules here.

PRIZE INFORMATION

One Winner

$10,000 tuition scholarship

Two tickets to the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards®

Two tickets to MusiCares® Person of the Year honoring Joni Mitchell

Recognition at the Entertainment Law Initiative GRAMMY Week Event

Los Angeles roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations for winner and guest

Publication of paper in the ABA Entertainment & Sports Lawyer Journal

Mentorship session with an ELI Executive Committee attorney member

Two Runners-Up

$2,500 tuition scholarship

Recognition at the Entertainment Law Initiative GRAMMY Week Event

Mentorship session with an ELI Executive Committee attorney member

*See official rules for details on entry requirements and prizes.

DATES & DEADLINES

Paper Submission Deadline

Jan. 4, 2022 | 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET)

Winner and Runners-Up Notified

Jan. 14, 2022

24th Annual ELI GRAMMY Week Event | Beverly Wilshire

Jan. 29, 2022

MusiCares Person of the Year | Los Angeles Convention Center

Jan. 29, 2022

64th Annual GRAMMY Awards | STAPLES Center

Jan. 31, 2022

 

ELI Writing Contest Rules & Submission Guidelines

View the 2021 winning paper here, the 2020 winning paper here and the 2019 winning paper here.

Coming soon: ELI Writing Contest Virtual Info Session featuring attorney graders and past student winners.

 

Questions? Contact ELI@recordingacademy.com

To add your email to the ELI Writing Contest mailing list contact us at ELI.submissions@recordingacademy.com

To add your email to the ELI GRAMMY Week Event mailing list contact us at ELI@recordingacademy.com