GRAMMY Foundation Launches 16th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

October 08, 2013 -- 9:19 am PDT

The GRAMMY Foundation has launched its 16th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition, co-sponsored by the American Bar Association. A substantial cash scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to the author of the winning paper and $1,500 will be awarded to each of the four runners-up. Additionally, each winner will receive airfare, hotel accommodations and a ticket to the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2014, and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network, as well as invitations to other GRAMMY Week activities, including the prestigious annual ELI Luncheon on Jan. 24.

The ELI Writing Competition invites law students to write a 3,000-word paper on a compelling legal topic facing the music industry today. To encourage applications, the GRAMMY Foundation hosts ELI Writing Competition workshops at prominent law schools around the country with the goal of helping students with their essays.

The winning student authors will present their essays at the ELI Luncheon. Past luncheon keynote speakers include Tom Brokaw, Edgar Bronfman Jr., Clive Davis, Daniel Ek, Timothy J. Leiweke, and GRAMMY Foundation Board member, among others.

Competition submissions must be postmarked by Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. PST. Winners will be announced Jan. 17. For complete contest rules, send an email to or visit