On Monday, Feb. 6, the GRAMMY Foundation will host the 8th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI) Luncheon & Scholarship Presentation. EMI Group chairman Eric L. Nicoli is the featured keynote speaker.
Established in 1998 to recognize and further the connection between the legal profession and the recording community, the GRAMMY Foundation's ELI program seeks to address legal issues confronting the music industry. One of the premier annual educational activities of the initiative is the national legal writing contest and scholarship program, which is co-sponsored by the American Bar Association. Law students from across the country are invited to research, analyze and submit 3,000-word essays on important issues facing the entertainment community. Past award-winning topics have featured issues germane and timely to the music industry, including bootlegging, music sampling and litigation against peer-to-peer network users.
At the ELI Luncheon, a cash scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to the author of the winning paper, and $1,500 will be awarded to each of four runners-up. Additionally, all ELI finalists' papers will be published in a major legal journal and each winner will receive airfare, hotel accommodations, and a ticket to the 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast as well as invitations to other GRAMMY Week activities. The event will feature live performances by special guest artists, in addition to the scholarship presentations.