Entertainment Law Initiative

The GRAMMY Foundation, in concert with some of the nation's most prominent entertainment attorneys, has established the Entertainment Law Initiative to promote discussion and debate about the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today. ELI also endeavors to support future careers in entertainment law by seeking out the nation's top law students and giving them invaluable networking and educational opportunities.

Three major components comprise ELI: an annual breakfast program in New York City called "Breakfast with ELI," a national writing competition for law students, and a high-profile luncheon during GRAMMY Week.

The submission deadline for the 18th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition is January 6, 2016.

The 18th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon

Date: Friday, February 12, 2016

Time: 11:00 – 11:45am Reception, 12pm Luncheon

Location: Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica


For information about the ELI Writing Competition or seating at the ELI Luncheon contact loren.fishbein@grammy.com.

ELI Executive Committee Members

Ron Wilcox
ELI Executive Committee Chair

Ken Abdo

Jay Cooper

Sandy Crawshaw-Sparks

John Frankenheimer

Susan Genco

Jeff Harleston

Robin Mitchell Joyce

Joel Katz

Michael Kushner

Chuck Ortner

Don Passman

Michael Reinert

Henry Root

Bobby Rosenbloum

Nancy Taylor

ELI Service Award Recipients

  • 2006 – Al Schlesinger
  • 2007 – Paul Marshall
  • 2008 – David Braun
  • 2009 – Jay Cooper
  • 2010 – Joel Katz
  • 2011 – John Frankenheimer
  • 2012 – John Branca
  • 2013 – Chuck Ortner
  • 2014 – Don Passman
  • 2015 - Russ Frackman

2015 Entertainment Law Initiative Scholarship Recipients

Brian A. Oliver

(ELI Competition Winner)
University of Miami Law School
One Album Warrants One Award: Harmonizing The Copyright Act’s Statutory Damages Schema with the Unbundled Recorded Music Industry

Laura Barton

Missippi College School of Law
A Copyright Guide to the Remix App Market: A Balancing Act Between Profits and Promotion

Michelle Gilzenrat Davis

University of Georgia School of Law
Introducing the RightsCoin: Using Block Chains to Track Copyright Ownership

Joseph Pomianowski

Yale Law School
Section 114(I) of the Copyright Act: What Its Unhappy History Tells us About the Digital Royalty Pie

Bradley Ryba

John Marshall School of Law
iHeartGeo-Fencing?: The Section 114 Exemption that Could Help Create the Universal Sound Recording Public Performance Right


See past winners »

For information about upcoming events, visit the Entertainment Law Initiative Facebook page.

ELI is co-sponsored by the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.