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2019 #MusicBusinessEmpowerment

The reasons why you should tell a friend about us!

Music Business Empowerment comes in with the mission to edu-tain (educate and to entertain) up and coming artists, producers, managers, and other industry professionals about the ins and outs of the industry.

The goal of the event is simple:

How to Empower the Industry Professional for Tomorrow.

The MBE Conference is a career building event. The MBE Conference is the premiere networking event for those serious about their future in the industry. The MBE Conference has a panel of successful industry professionals, one-on-ones and showcases. The MBE Conference has a place for small to large businesses.


The MBE Conference is a weekend event, however, the impact is not made during that weekend but over a period of several weeks and months. The MBE Conference is a launch pad for new products and services in the music industry. The reach of the Conference is local, regional, and national.


Meet The Founders

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Advisory Board

National Director of Promotions for Interscope Records

Lester Pace is the founder and CEO of Setting the Pace Promotions and National Director of Promotions for Interscope Records. His last name could be used as an acronym to define his personal maxim: Positive, Attitude, Changes, Everything. Because of his optimistic disposition towards business and life, Pace’s marketing and promotions skills have been sought after for over two decades by the who’s who in entertainment. Pace began his storied career as a 19 year-old intern at KTSU 90.9 in Houston. In 1991, he became an on-air DJ and radio personality at KBXX 97.9 the Box and made himself a household name. Lester enjoyed spinning and party promotions, but his desire to utilize more of his talents led him to seek greater opportunities. While at KBXX, Pace’s passion and grind made an impression on James “J Prince” Smith, the CEO of Rap-A -Lot Records. He was appointed as the Southwest Promotions Manager for the burgeoning label where he worked with notable acts like Scarface, Geto Boys, Big Mike and Hawk. After a successful run with Rap-A-Lot, Pace relocated to Memphis, Tennessee to assume the position of Midsouth Regional Manager for Interscope Records. Working for a powerhouse company like Interscope only served as fuel to an already I ignited fire inside Pace’s entrepreneurial spirit. As a result, he launched Setting the Pace Promotions in 1998, which was established to help nurture and guide the careers of independent artists and labels. Since it’s inception, the 16-year old company has helped propel the careers of Billboard charting artists such as Young Jeezy, Yo Gotti, D4L, Mr. Magic and Dem Franchize Boyz. In addition to being at the helm of his own empire, Pace is currently the National Director of Promotions for Interscope.