On behalf of his music clients, Mr. Jacobi has been awarded gold and platinum records from such internationally acclaimed artists as The Eric Clapton Band, Trick Daddy, Inner Circle, Gloria Estefan, The Miami Sound Machine, Marilyn Manson and 2 Live Crew. Mr. Jacobi may be best known for his defense for the obscenity charges against 2 Live Crew. The victory made global news.
Early in his career, Mr. Jacobi represented most of the exponents of what was then known as the Miami Sound. His clients included Betty Wright, Timmy Thomas, Peter Brown, KC & the Sunshine Band, etc.
Miami’s proximity to the Carribean gave Mr. Jacobi the opportunity to work with Jamaican legends, Jimmy Cliff, Third World, Zap Pow, Yellowman, Dennis Brown, the Bob Marley Foundation, etc. In the area of Jazz, Mr. Jacobi represented such icons as Lionel Hampton (Grammy nominated album ‘Sentimental Journey’), the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Jaco Pastorius and Ahmad Jamal (for whom he acted as Executive Producer for his Grammy nominated album ‘Digital Works’). Other Jacobi clients past and present include Cameo, Firefall, Dave Mason, Jim Capaldi (Traffic), two time Grammy Award winner Jon Secada, Phillip Michael Thomas (Miami Vice), Internationally renowned actress Gabrielle Anwar (Burn Notice), Michael Winslow (Police Academy 1-7), Ocean Drive Magazine, Producers Ron and Howard Albert (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones), and visual artist Peter Max.
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Mr. Jacobi was attorney and co-founder of Atlantic distributed Radio Records which produced the number one Billboard hit single ‘Stars on 45’ (Gold). Mr. Jacobi’s interest in the music business was so keen that he became involved in the other aspects of the record business, such as marketing, promotion, A&R and sales.
In 1990, Mr. Jacobi was offered his own label. By 1991, Pyramid Records/Sony was a reality. The first signing by Jacobi as label head was Eagles guitarist and vocalist Joe Walsh. The first album was called Ordinary Average Guy. The single, also entitled “Ordinary Average Guy”, leaped to the #1 position on the rock radio chart. Also released on the label were international superstars, Asia, Earth Wind & Fire, Robert Palmer, Stray Cats, The Doobie Brothers, Public Enemy, Lalah Hathaway (#1 single Forever, For Always, For Love), Edgar Winter, Stephen Stills, Earthrise – The Rainforest Album featuring: U2, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting, Paul Simon, etc.
In 2005, Pyramid released two-time Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee Stephen Stills’ first solo studio album in 14 years, “Man Alive!”
Mr. Jacobi has continued to sign young artists to major labels, such as San Francisco rock band Finish Ticket to Atlantic Records, Miami R&B rap trio MMC da Click to Atlantic Records, and Miami rapper Prospectt to Cash Money Records.
Increasingly Mr. Jacobi’s practice has grown to include the acquisition and distribution of digital rights with clients from China, Israel, France, Indonesia and of course the United States. Launched in September of 2017, the Spotlite mobile application is in the top ten music apps on iTunes and Google Play Store. His clients include Digitrax (the nation’s largest producer of Karaoke music), Promo Only, Core DJ’s, Israeli technology company YouTab, Night Flight Network (80′s & 90′s Iconic Music Television Show) and manufacturing electronics giant Brother International Corporation.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. It is a myth. For years people thought that by mailing a copy of the sheet music or a CD with the song that they wrote to themselves would protect the song. Nothing could be further from the truth. The only protection is to have your song copyrighted through the US government.
Filing a trademark to final success is much more difficult than it appears on the face. For example, two words entirely different that sound similar can block the registration of your trademark. Many people think that if they change the spelling of a word, it will help them get registered. Also, not true. The spelling is irrelevant. Sometimes a cursory search does not provide the existence of a competing name. This is why it is essential to hire an attorney to make sure your trademark gets registered.
You can, but there are many issues surrounding the beginning of a new business that most people would be totally unaware of. Good business goes beyond just the filing of the corporation. When an attorney files a corporation or an LLC for you, he also makes sure that you get an EIN number for the IRS, and other matters that may be particularly necessary to certain businesses.