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Cameron Crowe Set As Keynote Speaker At 24th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative



The 24th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative® GRAMMY® Week Event is now set to take place on Sat, April 2, 2022. As with the 64th GRAMMY Awards®, the event will be held in Las Vegas. The in-person luncheon and presentation will be held at the ARIA Resort & Casino.

Oscar winner, writer, director, and producer Cameron Crowe will serve as keynote speaker during the program. Crowe is the Academy Award-winning screenwriter-director of Almost Famous, and his other films include Fast Times At Ridgemont HighSay Anything…Jerry MaguireVanilla SkyWe Bought A Zoo, and music documentaries Pearl Jam Twenty and The Union. He most recently produced the Sundance documentary David Crosby: Remember My Name and “Almost Famous: The Musical,” debuting on Broadway later this year.

In addition, the winner and runners-up of the annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Contest have been chosen by the ELI’s panel of attorney graders. Co-sponsored by the American Bar Association, the contest challenges law students to identify and research a current legal issue in the music industry and outline a proposed solution in an essay. The winning paper is published in the ABA’s journal, Entertainment & Sports Lawyer.

A $10,000 scholarship is awarded to the winner, a $2,500 scholarship is awarded to two runners-up, and a mentor session with a leading entertainment attorney is given to all three. The winner will also receive travel and tickets to Las Vegas to attend the 64th GRAMMY Awards, MusiCares® Person of the Year and the ELI Event.

Sona Sulakian, J.D. Candidate
USC Gould School of Law
Los Angeles
Paper Title:
“Protecting the Artist: Licensing in an AI-Generated Music Market”

Chelsea Cohen, J.D. Candidate
Loyola Law School
Los Angeles
Paper Title:
“Welcome to the Metaverse: Solving Old-World Licensing in a Whole New Universe”

Michael Harrigan, J.D. Candidate
Stetson University College of Law
Gulfport, Florida
Paper Title:
“Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: How Blockchain Technology can Shift the DMCA’s Burden of Notification Away From Copyright Owners”

As previously announced, the 2022 Entertainment Law Initiative Service Award will be presented at the event to Susan Genco, co-president of The Azoff Company. This accolade is awarded to an attorney who has demonstrated commitment to advancing and supporting the music community through service.


The Recording Academy® established the Entertainment Law Initiative in partnership with the nation’s most prominent entertainment attorneys to promote discussion and debate around compelling legal matters and trends in the ever-evolving music industry. The ELI GRAMMY Week Event is the premier annual gathering of entertainment attorneys to celebrate the achievements of their own practitioners, hear from legal thought leaders, and support students who are pursuing careers in music law.

Sponsorship packages for the event are available. Contact Neil Crilly,, for more information. Single admission tickets are also available at

Silver: $500
Bronze: $375
Student: $100 (must be enrolled in a J.D. or L.L.M program at U.S. law school)


Sat, April 2, 2022
11 a.m.            Media Check-In
11:15 a.m.      Media Interviews & Photos
12 noon          Reception
1 p.m.             Luncheon & Presentation


ARIA Resort & Casino
3730 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89158

PARKING:      $25 for 0-2 hours, $30 for 2-4 hours, $35 for 4+ hours

GGM Staff


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