New interim MusicNL CEO needs province to become a musical vacation vacation spot

A man wearing a suit jacket and blue blouse stands in front of a red and white wall with a blue door.
Leonard Pecore, the new interim MusicNL CEO, founded international shipbuilding style and design firm Genoa Design and style. (Heather Barrett/CBC)

The new interim CEO of MusicNL has long gone from shipbuilding to creating up Newfoundland and Labrador’s audio marketplace.

Leonard Pecore suggests the expertise coming out of the province is some of the very best in the globe, and he wants the globe to know. 

Pecore is the founder and corporate director of Genoa Style and design Worldwide, a Newfoundland and Labrador-based corporation that provides 3D modelling and style and design expert services to shipbuilding industries. He established the organization in 1995, and stepped absent from its each day operations in 2022.

He spoke with Weekend AM host Heather Barrett about how founding a generation structure enterprise led him to his current part with the province’s music field association and how he is employing his longtime like of tunes to assistance propel the Newfoundland and Labrador arts scene ahead.

This job interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Q: Why did you want to take on the career as interim CEO of MusicNL?

A: Almost certainly because 2020, I’ve been bit by bit stepping absent from functions at Genoa. And then truly this calendar year I just observed myself, even though I sat on a quantity of distinct boards, I just uncovered myself realizing I have extra to do, more to give, and it was vital what I did, what I gave to. So this opportunity just popped out of nowhere, definitely. And I felt like the universe just offered me the prospect to soar in, so I did. 

Just before we get into what you might be carrying out now with MusicNL, I might like to remind our listeners a little bit about Genoa Design and the firm that you constructed here. Can you explain to us a bit about Genoa? 

Genoa does ship design and style and builds ships on pc in 3D, each individual minimal piece, every little aspect. And then presents that data to a ship builder to construct the vessel.

And of program, the people today that get the job done in that subject are pretty technological folks.

Oh indeed.

Which sounds to, you know, the layperson, fairly the reverse of the individuals who would be working with MusicNL?

Certainly, and no.… So there are fascinating parallels and differences. Clearly the big difference becoming what we label technological and what we label artistic, but genuinely you make up capabilities and then you apply all those abilities and increase. There is an component of creativity in the specialized abilities that the persons at Genoa Layout use just about every day. And you will find also a solid component of technological talent that is concerned in any artist who wants to develop. There are businesses that rejoice and foster that link, Company and Arts Newfoundland Labrador.… So there are parallels, you can find variations.

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Leonard Pecore founded Genoa Models, an global firm that develops functioning drawings and 3D models of ships. Now he’s shifting gears as the interim CEO at MusicNL. He speaks with Heather Barrett, host of CBC Radio’s Weekend AM, about the similarities and discrepancies.

Now how perfectly do you know nearby audio, are you a lover?

Effectively, yes, and I was just listening to a favourite artist from Newfoundland and Labrador below, Nico Paulo, on the way listed here, which zenned me out for this interview, which is brilliant. The previous pair of a long time I have been on the MusicNL board of administrators, and I have definitely just taken the prospect to go to every little thing I probably can. Most notably, Music Celebration 7 days and ECMAs. I’ve attended all those, really just been blown away by the amount and high-quality of expertise listed here in Newfoundland and Labrador, and Atlantic Canada, but especially Newfoundland and Labrador.

I imagine we are a entire world spot for new music. When you think of New Orleans or Memphis or Liverpool or Havana as locations you would go to listen to tunes, Ireland. I also think Newfoundland and Labrador is on that record, and it’s significant up there. It can be just a make a difference of us supplying it that excess minimal oomph to get it there.

I do not know everyone, I have located myself in some entertaining scenarios when I, as a 60-year-outdated, am sitting and listening to the Order of the Valuable Blood on bust in my ears, and I am obtaining a blast. And it is really, I am thoroughly astonishing myself and it is completely sudden how significantly enjoyment I’m having and how considerably I’m taking pleasure in that expertise. Or Reggie Morales.… Normally, I do not pay attention to hip-hop or rap in my automobile or at dwelling, but I’m sitting down there listening to him and I am just captivated.

I can see it in your eyes. It is really like it truly is opening up a further entire world for you in a way.

Yeah. So I’ve always, I mean, like many of us, music has been a definitely important portion of my lifestyle given that the very starting, since I was extremely youthful. Grew up listening to artists like Louis Armstrong, and … a ton of large band tunes, that is [what] my mother and father were into, and they have been from Montreal. And I grew up in Nova Scotia listening to a large amount of their music, but then branched out into rock and blues and then as a result of university and some classes, seriously receiving a cross-cultural exposure to new music from around the globe and international tunes. So it is often performed a incredibly critical element. 

Pay attention | Weekend AM’s Heather Barrett speaks with Leonard Pecore about his strategies to choose N.L.’s tunes scene global: 

Weekend AM13:20Leonard Pecore would like Newfoundland and Labrador to be a musical travel desired destination

Leonard Pecore, the new interim CEO of MusicNL, talks about his hopes for the province’s tunes market.

Now I want to get again to some thing you have been indicating about actually providing Newfoundland and Labrador’s new music market that very little little bit of added oomph. The place would you like to see the province’s songs market going?

I am a week into this, and I have, in our minimal workplace, we have massive flip chart webpages trapped up all above the walls total of questions. Concerns that I have, and queries that the employees have, concerns we need to check with ourselves, inquiries we have to have to get the job done with the board, inquiries that we need to have to perform with the associates on. Issues for government. I have far additional queries than any solutions appropriate now. But I do know a pair of issues and I know what I’ve been listening to for the previous few of decades considering that I have joined the board.

Like what?

The audio. The unbelievable, incomparable tunes that is taking place in this province.

Gotta ask you about funding, mainly because funding is normally an problem in the arts.


What do you feel of the amount of assets that MusicNL has to do anything that you would like to see be performed? 

So, it really is my very first look at this 5 times in. It truly is tough. Membership has far more than doubled in the last 12 months and a fifty percent, two a long time. So we’ve topped a thousand customers at MusicNL. But the stage of funding remains the exact. The get the job done that the personnel does to appraise and test to distribute that funding, that work has doubled. So their work opportunities have doubled, together with the memberships, because 2 times as many requests occur in, but the very same degree goes out. So I feel there is space, and there will be, I imagine there’s going to be option to talk about this. And it requires to be imaginative, just like the artists we are serving.

Do we want extra?

Oh my gosh, of course. Yeah. Extra than double.

If you could aspiration, if you experienced a eyesight for where by you see the Newfoundland and Labrador songs field likely, where by would you like to see it in another five or 10 several years? 

So just about a yr and a 50 % back, the board acquired with each other for a couple of times and we dreamed like that. And we questioned ourselves thoughts like that, and we came up with a vision: music cultivated at house, but celebrated just about everywhere.

That ties into that world destination for music. I won’t be able to place a qualifying assertion to it to say precisely, this is what I picture. But I photograph the environment declaring to itself, “If I want to go somewhere this summer time to listen to some actually great audio, exactly where am I gonna go? Hmm. Let us see. There’s Ireland, there’s New Orleans, and you will find Newfoundland. Have not been there. Let’s take a look at some of the tourism ads. Let us pay attention to some of the artists marketed, heading.”

So I want men and women to occur listed here … and I can see the artists, and it can be currently occurring. It is previously occurring where delegates from close to the world arrive listed here through Songs Celebration 7 days and throughout gatherings and glimpse for our artists to just take to other parts of the globe to expose other components of the entire world to music from Newfoundland and Labrador. That is possibly the best I could define it suitable now.

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