Kevin Jacobsen (OAM) – Medal of the Order of Australia
My name is Kevin Jacobsen and I am the producer for the Chris Brown F.A.M.E tour of Australia. Throughout my career, I have produced concerts in Australia for some of the biggest names in music, including, but not limited to – Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, The BeeGees, The Three Tenors, KISS, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Marley, Shania Twain, Billy Joel, John Denver, Pearl Jam, Cyndi Lauper, Julio Iglesias, Barry Manilow, Meat Loaf, Olivia Newton-John, Peter Allen, Sammy Davis Jr, Usher in 2003 in addition to shows like Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet, outdoor stadium productions of the opera AIDA and Turandot which included many international artists, Walt Disney World on Ice, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Fame and Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage.
I have been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia O.A.M medal for my services to the performing arts and entertainment industry in addition to many established industry awards.
Charbel Nehme and I met through a mutual acquaintance where the issues surrounding Chris Brown’s past were discussed when at the time, it appeared very unlikely that he would ever make it to Australia.
Charbel’s opinion on the matter at all times was based on what is stated in the law and he was able to provide us with clear advice that instilled confidence in us all. Not a single cent was to be spent on the Chris Brown production until all parties were satisfied that Chris Brown was able to obtain an Australian visa. To mitigate the risk, Charbel suggested we submit a valid sponsorship, nomination and visa application for Chris Brown only, citing the circumstances and requesting an immediate referral to the Character Unit for consideration of Chris Brown’s conduct.
We adhered to Charbel’s advice, and as a result, Chris Brown was cleared by the Character Unit where consequentially his application was referred back to the immigration department for continued processing.
In addition to the character clearance, Charbel co-ordinated forty business nomination and forty visa applications for the group of individuals who will support Chris Brown in Australia – comprised of musicians, dancers, management staff and other personnel who are being employed in support of this tour.
From what I observed, Charbel worked tirelessly around the clock to deal with Chris Brown’s management in requesting, reviewing and obtaining a great deal of visa information that was required to meet Australian immigration requirements and processing deadlines. Anyone who is involved in media and entertainment is working in a cut-throat business. Either you succeed or you fail.
Charbel’s success in working on the Chris Brown matter has resulted in over $5 million worth of economic stimulus in Australia. As a result, I recommend and will continue to recommend Charbel’s immigration services to all those who require assistance, and I will most definitely retain Charbel’s services should I require any future support.