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.
ELI Executive Committee Members
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
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
Yale Law School
Section 114(I) of the Copyright Act: What Its Unhappy History Tells us About the Digital Royalty Pie
John Marshall School of Law
iHeartGeo-Fencing?: The Section 114 Exemption that Could Help Create the Universal Sound Recording Public Performance Right
For information about the ELI Writing Competition or seating at the ELI Luncheon contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.