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The sale of the James Brown Estate (music rights, real estate, image) ends a four-year with Primary Wave Music. The contract enshrines The James Brown 2000 Trust’s support for charitable and educational programs like marginalized youth scholarships. Postmortem lawsuits since 2006 have held up the scholarships he wanted to share with children of South Carolina and Georgia. 

Primary Wave also holds partial ownership over Whitney Houston’s estate and Prince. 

James Brown “I am awed that Primary Wave has been chosen by the estate of James Brown to partner with the Godfather of Soul,” said Larry Mestel, CEO & founder of Primary Wave Music. “We are thrilled to help continue the expansion of his influence and further his legacy through both his music and The James Brown 2000 Trust.” 

“The James Brown Estate and related Trust are very proud and excited to work with Larry Mestel and Primary Wave,” said Russell Bauknight, Fiduciary for the James Brown Estate and Trust. “We believe that our choice of professionals to take the James Brown Legacy to the next level is going to prove to be one of the most successful events in Mr. Browns long history in show business.”


– Excerpt from an article for Forbes by Kathy Applefeld Olson. Read the full article here.


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