The 19th annual Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon & Scholarship Presentation will take place on Feb. 10 during GRAMMY Week 2017, and will feature a keynote address by Marc Geiger, head of music/partner at William Morris Endeavor. Elliot Groffman, a partner at Carroll, Guido & Groffman LLP, will be the recipient of the 2017 ELI Service Award. The honor is awarded to an attorney who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing and supporting the music community through service. Other program participants include Henry Root, ELI Executive Committee Chair; Ken Abdo, ELI Program Chair and top music industry attorney (Lommen Abdo); and Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation.
In addition, winners of the ELI Writing Competition will be awarded at the luncheon. The ELI Writing Competition is open to law students, who are asked to write a 3,000-word essay on a compelling legal issue facing the music industry. A cash scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to the winner of the ELI Writing Competition, and $1,500 will be awarded to each of four runners-up. All competition finalists receive airfare, hotel accommodations and a ticket to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12, and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on the CBS Television Network, as well as invitations to other GRAMMY Week activities.