Live and Local Strategic Initiative


About Us - The Live Music Office

The goals of the Live Music Office are to support the growth of the venue-based live music sector in Australia in order to increase live music performance opportunities and to support live music audience and sector development.

Established in 2013 by the Federal Government in partnership with the Ministry for the Arts, the Australia Council for the Arts and APRA AMCOS, the Live Music Office (LMO) works to increase opportunities for live music in Australia by identifying and advocating for better policy, regulation and strategy.

The Live Music Office is a national resource that supports consistent tools and references to empower, capacity build, and bring direct benefits to artists and industry through providing;

  1. Information, Advice, and Research: Directly communicating and collaborating with State Music Organisations, Researchers and Media, the Hospitality Industry and all levels of Government.
  2. Strategic Planning Support: For State and Territory Music Plans, Capital Cities, Regional and Metropolitan Centres, and State and Local Government Working Groups / Taskforces.
  3. Advocacy: For Better Regulation – Liquor, Building, Town Planning regulatory best practice including Exempt Development and Building Code reform through State Regulation Roundtables and reviews and the public interest test in Liquor Licensing frameworks.
  4. Industry Development Programs: Creating the Live and Local Strategy to build long term capacity and connectivity for Local Government and the sector in the suburbs and the regions, the Amplify Program, the Live Music Map and Resources.

In 2018 an independent survey undertaken five years on from the establishment of the Office found Live Music Office has scored big wins for the live music scene in Australia and remains important to the music industry.

The 2018 NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the music and arts economy also tabled a number of recommendations including ongoing support for the Live Music Office and the continued funding for the Live and Local program.



Lucy Joseph
(02) 9935 7995

John Wardle
(02) 9935 7875

Key Live Music Industry Organisations

Create NSW

Create NSW is the NSW Government’s new arts and cultural driver, which brings together arts, screen and culture functions in a new integrated entity. Create NSW invests in the success and future of arts, screen and culture in NSW through infrastructure and funding programs




APRA AMCOS has 90,000+ members who are songwriters, composers and music publishers. APRA AMCOS license organisations to play, perform, copy, record or make available their members’ music, and distribute the royalties to their members. APRA AMCOS also advocate on behalf of music creators’ rights and the Australasian music industry locally, nationally and internationally.

Resource Customers
Resource Creators

The Australia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body, and fund a range of arts activities including the creation of new work, collaborations, touring, productions, exhibitions, performances, publishing, recording, promotion, market development and audience engagement.


Music NSW

MusicNSW is the Peak Body for Contemporary Music in NSW. Music NSW was set up to represent, promote and develop the contemporary music industry in New South Wales, Australia, in addition to managing a number of Music Development projects.