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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

Houston, Texas-native, Lester Pace, is the new Senior Vice President of Radio Promotions at Roc Nation.

 

Lester began his career at 19, working for KTSU 90.9 in Houston as an intern. In 1991, he transitioned to KBXX 97.9 the Box in Houston from 1991-1994. There he was an on-air disk jockey and made himself a household name and a legend in the city by being the first DJ to bring Hip Hop to the Houston market. Though he enjoyed disk jockeying and party promotions, he desired to do greater things within the entertainment industry.

 

During his tenure at KBXX, he met James “J Prince” Smith, who hired him immediately, and Lester worked his way up to become the Southwest Promotions Manager for Rap-A-Lot Records. Working with notable acts such as Geto Boys, Big Mike, Hawk, Scarface and many more. After a successful run with Rap-A-Lot, in 1996, Lester moved to Memphis, Tennessee to become the Midsouth Regional Manager for Interscope Records and then being the National Director of Promotions. 

 

Working for Interscope increased Lester’s hunger for success and influenced him to start Setting the Pace Promotions in 1998. This company was formed to help independent artists and labels receive the same type of attention that major artists and labels were receiving. Since Setting the Pace has been in business, they have helped propel the careers of artists such as D4L, Mr. Magic, Yo Gotti, Dem Franchize Boyz, Young Jeezy and more. By setting the bar so high, Setting the Pace gained a vast reputation for its hard work and rapid results. This in turn influenced major labels to start using his services as well.

 

Eventually, Lester and Interscope had to part ways in 2010, but he had already established his Setting the Pace, and instead of joining another label, he went in full-time with Setting the Pace and has been working as an independent rep ever since, being the engine behind many major artists topping the charts like Drake and Monica, and getting his first billion streams plaque for the Lil’ Dicky featuring Chris Brown song, “Freaky Friday.” Along with working as record rep, he also manages artists, like his latest R&B artist, J.Howell.

 

Lester Pace is not a person who believes in complacency or becoming stagnant. He is always ahead of the curve with trends within the entertainment environment. Keeping a positive attitude and having a selfless heart has helped Lester maintain the reputation and longevity he has worked hard to maintain.

 

Lester’s ongoing motto is the acronym of his last name, Pace—Positive, Attitude, Changes, Everything—is what keeps him grounded and focused during the everyday trials and tribulations of the entertainment business. He plans on exercising that mantra throughout the Roc Nation family.

Don “DC“ Cody is a highly respected, seasoned radio veteran with over 40 years in the broadcast industry. He has managed top radio stations in St. Louis, Charlotte, Little Rock, Tampa, Norfolk and other major cities.

Don "DC" Cody
Don Cody has managed and consulted radio stations across the country and has a proven track record of generating impressive results. In 2001 Don founded Moses Media Inc.

Throughout the years, Moses Media Inc. has become a MAJOR media conglomerate working with clients such as: Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, Prince, Ciara, Boyz II Men,
Kanye West, Beyonce, Ludacris, Future, Rick Ross, Nicki Manaj and many many more.

Moses Media Inc. Has very impressive relationships with many Major and Independent record labels getting records played on the air quick !! We will help you get out there !!

We pride ourself on treating ALL of our clients with respect and quality work.

As a Television Producer Don's accomplishments include:

1987 - 1991 Executive Producer “Don Cody TV Show” Charlotte, NC

1992 - 1994 Executive Producer “Entertaining St. Louis” St. Louis, MO

With over 25 years of marketing experience, Will Griggs’  career began as a national concert promotion executive and progressed into working with Warner Bros. as a Marketing Consultant.  He also developed and executed multi channel marketing programs for ASCAP, Culture 360, The Grammys, Oakland Carnival and The Music Business Empowerment Summit to name a few.