Joseph Bardsley

Joseph joined the Music team at Creative BC as a Program Coordinator in January 2022. Prior to this role, he spent five seasons at Music on Main as the company’s inaugural Development Manager, leading all fundraising and grant writing efforts for the organization. Before Music on Main, Joseph spent seven seasons at Vancouver Opera as the company’s grants manager, building on earlier grant writing and fundraising experience at Theatre Calgary and Alberta Theatre Projects.

Beyond his work at Creative BC, and his volunteer role as a Vancouver Foundation advisor, Joseph spends additional time as an advisor for the City of Vancouver’s Neighborhood Matching Fund. Joseph is also a seasonal presenter on grant writing for undergraduate arts management students at Simon Fraser University, and has provided similar contracted support to the UBC Faculty of Music. He’s served as a music panelist for the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, the City of Vancouver, and the Province’s artsVest program. He’s also received recent professional development funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council for self-directed arts management and mentorship projects.

Joseph is a 2020 alumnus of the Banff Centre’s Cultural Leadership Program. In 2017, he was part of the inaugural Talent 2 Lead national arts management cohort, with support from the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Metcalf Foundation. Joseph holds a BA in Journalism (2006) from Mount Royal University, in Calgary.