BrandArena: Renowned Entertainment Attorney Russell Frackman To Receive Service Award

Thursday 11 December 2014

Renowned Entertainment Attorney Russell Frackman To Receive Service Award

The GRAMMY Foundation will present the 17th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon & Scholarship Presentation featuring a keynote address by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.). Russell Frackman, a partner in the law firm of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, will be the recipient of the 2015 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: Ron Wilcox, ELI Executive Chair; Ken Abdo, ELI Executive Committee Program Chair and top music industry attorney (Lommen, Abdo, Cole, King & Stageberg, P.A.); and Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation.

At the luncheon, 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. Additionally, all ELI Writing Competition finalists will receive airfare, hotel accommodations and a ticket to the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, which will be held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network, as well as invitations to other GRAMMY Week activities.

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. Competition rules are online at, and submissions must be received by Jan. 6, 2015 (1 p.m. ET /10 a.m. PT).

"Each year, the ELI Luncheon brings together the most successful legal minds in the field of entertainment law with top law students to showcase current issues and provide a forum for discussion of key matters that are engaging the music industry today," said Portnow. "This year's keynote address by Congressman Nadler will undoubtedly offer insights and new perspectives, and the presentation of our Service Award to Russ Frackman is a testament to his longtime commitment to our music community and its members."

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