2018-19 Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

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21st Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

The Recording Academy and the ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries established the Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI)  to promote discussion and debate about the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today. Now in its 21st year, the program has grown to include a national writing competition, mentor sessions, and a GRAMMY® Week event.

ELI fosters future careers in entertainment law by seeking out the nation’s top law students and giving them invaluable networking and educational opportunities. The ELI writing contest challenges students to identify, research, and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry. A national panel of music law experts will judge the papers in a blind process to select a winner and a runner up. This contest is open to juris doctorate candidates and LLM students currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school.



Paper Submission Deadline

Jan. 2, 2019

10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST)

Winners Announced

Jan. 18, 2019

ELI Event & Scholarship Presentation, Los Angeles

Feb. 8, 2019


  • $10,000 scholarship
  • Two tickets to and recognition onstage at the 21st Annual ELI Event & Scholarship Presentation
  • Two tickets to the MusiCares® Person of the Year gala honoring Dolly Parton on Feb. 8, 2019
  • Two tickets to the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Feb. 10, 2019
  • Round-trip airfare to Los Angeles and hotel accommodations for two to attend these events


  • $2,500 scholarship

For complete ELI Writing Competition rules please click here. For questions or more information email eli@recordingacademy.com.

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