About Us

The Live Music Office staff are Director John Wardle and Live and Local Program Manager Lucy Joseph, who provide support to the music industry and government to develop the live music industry in Australia.

John Wardle has a long history of supporting live music policy across the three tiers of government and is a working musician and music teacher.

As Live Music Office Director, John coordinates Live Music Office operation and activities, working on the ground with the music industry and state, territory and local governments across Australia to develop collaborative live music policy and strategy.

John chaired the City of Sydney’s Live Music and Performance Taskforce alongside working with Wollongong City Council before the establishment of the Live Music Office in July 2013. Recent work includes supporting regional policy development in Victoria, building code and exempt development for low impact entertainment in South Australia, the Cool Little Capital strategy for Canberra, the Northern Territory Music Industry Council and Live Music Census, City of Gold Coast Live Music Taskforce and the Western Sydney/Regional NSW Live and Local Micro Festival Strategic Initiative with Create NSW.

Previously John was a teacher and program coordinator for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Community Jazz and Musicianship Programs and at the Australian Institute of Music, he still teaches music one night a week, and as a working musician goes out on the road regularly as a sideman with various artists, playing Fender guitars, baritone guitar, pedal steel and lap steels.


Lucy J PhotoLucy Joseph

Lucy’s background is in administration and creative events, having worked as the Event Coordinator at Vivid Sydney, as well as the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, BEAMS Arts Festival and a variety of creative events agencies.

As the Program Manager for the Live and Local Strategic Initiative, Lucy works closely with councils across Western Sydney and Regional NSW to deliver live music events that promote the principles of the Live and Local Event Model – encouraging beneficial relationships between council, community, artists and businesses through live music at a grassroots level.

Lucy believes that “the value of live music experiences extends beyond creating a connection between artist and audience. Live music has significant flow-on benefits for local businesses, jobs, the economy, tourism, youth engagement, mental health, place-making and urban planning, and community identity.” She is passionate about the use of live music as a catalyst for social cohesion and economic development, and challenges anyone not to dance to September by Earth Wind Fire.