John Wardle has a background in live music policy across the three tiers of government as well as being a working musician and music teacher.
John has played a strategic role in liquor and planning law reforms across a number of states, including to NSW Place of Public Entertainment (PoPE) regulation and associated Building Code of Australia provisions. In 2013, John was appointed Chair of the City of Sydney’s Live Music and Performance Task-force before the establishment of the Live Music Office in July 2013.
As Policy Director for the Live Music Office, John works closely with the live music sector and state and local governments across Australia to develop coordinated centre of government live music policy across built environment and cultural policy frameworks. These include working with local government live music taskforces, state and territory government regulation round-tables, developing strategic plans, and advocating for better and simpler liquor licensing ,planning, noise and building regulation for live music and performance venues.