Sunday, October 26, 2008

GRAMMY_Foundation 01/02/09 -- $5,000 -- legal issue confronting the music industry

11th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Essay Competition Launched
The GRAMMY Foundation has launched its 11th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Essay Competition, a program that will award more than $10,000 in scholarships to promising entertainment law students.

Co-sponsored by the American Bar Association, the competition invites law students to write a 3,000-word paper on a compelling legal topic facing the music industry today. The competition will culminate with the winning student authors presenting their essays at the prestigious ELI Luncheon & Scholarship Presentation on Feb. 6, 2009. Additionally, each winner will receive airfare, hotel accommodations, and a ticket to the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2009, the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute, as well as invitations to other GRAMMY Week activities.

For the first time in program history, the Foundation has added ELI writing competition workshops at prominent law schools around the country with the goal of helping students with their essays. Dates have already been secured in Birmingham, Ala., Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, and Santa Clara, Calif. For additional information regarding dates or setting up a workshop, e-mail Loren Fishbein at

Also for the first time, ELI has partnered with to allow students to upload their submissions directly over the Internet.'s mission is to provide the tools to enable people around the world to share and exchange information and content online.

Submissions for the 11th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Essay Competition must be postmarked by Jan. 2, 2009. Winners will be announced on Jan. 30, 2009. For complete contest rules, send an e-mail to or click here.