Native Tongue is an independent music publisher, with offices in Australia and New Zealand.
Besides acquiring rights to local writers, we also administer the works of overseas writers and catalogues for Australia and New Zealand.

Established in 2003, Native Tongue has built a respected catalogue of local writers. We set out to provide writers with a publishing company dedicated to assisting with the development of their skills as songwriters and composers throughout their careers.

Although we are a small company, we see this is one of our major advantages. It enables us to be far more proactive than our competitors and react quickly to the needs of our clients, whether they be film and television companies, commercial advertisers or the bands of which our writers are members.

We see our role as getting out there and getting things done, working with the band, the management, the record label and the distributor to make things happen.

Our job is to work with you to help you achieve your goals, as a songwriter and in many cases; an artist. We have a broad network of contacts we can utilise in all areas of the business – record companies, distributors, booking agents, promoters, publicists, radio, etc.

We will work with you, your management and record distributor to maximise sales of your record. You probably have most bases covered but there will always be something we can do to help squeeze those extra sales. It may be that we help a band get on a festival bill, provide advice on obtaining touring grants or come up with that song opportunity in a film that breaks through at the box office – who knows – it's an ephemeral business and its not always easy pinning down where things will come from.

If you are looking to place songs with other artists we have a worldwide network of contacts who work songs on that basis. If you want to co-write we will work with you to develop connections with writers you want to work with. If you want to compose film or television scores we are ideally placed to help you realise these ambitions.

We get out there and do the hard yards wherever it is required.

We have over the years developed publishing relationships internationally and through our music supervision business have come to know those companies who work particularly hard gaining sync licenses and pursuing the ancillary income that is available around the world. We have also established a network of international sub-publishers to administer our works around the world. In each case our sub-publishers are established independents with a long term track record of working within their own territory.

Native Tongue also enjoys strong relationships with all the major US, UK, Canadian and European music supervisors and can submit clients works for use in a wide range of projects around the world.

We are also one of the only publishers with offices and staff on the ground in Australia and New Zealand enabling us to fully represent your copyrights in the key markets in our home territory.

Native Tongue is closely associated with Mana Music which is the major music supervisor for feature films, television series, and documentaries in Australia and New Zealand. As a result Native Tongue is in a strong position to place its writer's songs in the wide range of projects.

A similar situation applies in respect to television commercials where once again Mana Music is the major provider of licensing services to the advertising agencies.


+61 3 9445 0500

PO Box 1570
Collingwood, VIC 3066

Jaime Gough - General Manager

Matt Tanner - A&R / Creative Manager

David Nash - Copyright & Royalties Manager

Kate Mills - Licensing & Admin

Chelsea Gough - Finance Manager

New Zealand
+64 9 378 9667

Po Box 8926
Symonds Street, Auckland 1150
New Zealand

Chris Gough - Managing Director

Taryn Viggiano - Licensing & Admin

United Kingdom

Alan Gregg - UK Liaison

United States
+1 310 842 9151

3650 Helms Avenue 
Culver City CA 90232 

Michael Nieves - President
<em>Courtney Barnett</em> joins <em>Native Tongue</em>
Courtney Barnett joins Native Tongue

Native Tongue is proud to announce the signing of Courtney Barnett to a publishing agreement for Australia & New Zealand. 

The Melbourne singer-songwriter has garnered widespread attention over the past 12 months, from influential music site Pitchfork to an American network television debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Barnett has recently finished recording her debut album, due for release in 2015. It will be the follow-up to 2013 double EP A Sea Of Split Peas which featured 'Avant Gardener' and 'History Eraser'.

At the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards last night she was awarded Best Independent Artist and Best Independent Single/EP.

Currently on tour in Australia, Courtney then heads on a mammoth two month tour across North America and Europe before returning to Australia for St. Jerome's Laneway Festival early in the new year.

<em>Gossling</em>, <em>High Tension</em>, <em>The Amity Afflication</em> & <em>Kingswood</em> score <em>ARIA Award</em> nominations
Gossling, High Tension, The Amity Afflication & Kingswood score ARIA Award nominations

Nominees for the 2014 ARIA awards were revealed on Tuesday. Native Tongue are thrilled to announce Gossling, High Tension, The Amity Affliction and Kingswood have all received nominations. 

Best Adult Contemporary Album
Gossling – Harvest Of Gold (Dew Process)

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album
High Tension – Death Beat (Cooking Vinyl Australia)
The Amity Affliction – Let the Ocean Take Me (Roadrunner Records Inc)

Best Rock Album
Kingswood – Microscopic Wars (Dew Process)

The awards night will take place on Wednesday November 26th at The Star in Sydney, and will be broadcast on channel TEN.

<em>Native Tongue</em> sign <em>APES</em> TO INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING DEAL

Just hours before their BIGSOUND appearance, Native Tongue signed APES to an international publishing deal.

The quartet from Ballarat are on the rise. Latest singles 'Pull The Trigger' and 'Strange Tastes' are earning them plenty of love at local and international radio.

The band penned a UK booking deal with 13 Artists (Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party, Interpol) in late August and are currently on tour in the UK. 

APES still have a handful of shows before the year is out, including support for Manchester Orchestra and a string of festival appearances. 


Native Tongue are thrilled to welcome Kid Radio to the roster.

Having spent the past year writing and perfecting their live performance, the soulful electronic trio from Melbourne have now unveiled new single 'Young Heart'. 

The band will celebrate the release of the new single with a hometown launch at the Workers Club on November 22nd. 


Native Tongue are excited to announce Sheep, Dog & Wolf has signed to Australian label Create/Control.

Sheep, Dog & Wolf is the solo project of nineteen-year-old multi-instrumentalist Daniel McBride. His debut album 'Egospect' was a finalist for The 2014 Taite Music Prize (NZ’s version of the Australian Music Prize) alongside Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Phoenix Foundation and Lorde.

Egospect is out in Australia on October 24th via Create/Control.


APRA AMCOS has today announced the finalists for the 2014 APRA Silver Scroll Awards.

Three Native Tongue writers have been named finalists. Congratulations to The Phoenix Foundation, David Long and Karl Steven.

2014 APRA Silver Scroll Award:
Bob Lennon John Dylan written by Samuel Scott, Lukasz Buda, Conrad Wedde, William Ricketts, Thomas Callwood and Christopher O'Connor, performed by The Phoenix Foundation

2014 APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award:
Beyond the Edge written / composed by David Long

2014 APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award:
Harry written / composed by Karl Steven

The Silver Scroll Awards will be held at Wellington’s TSB Arena on Thursday 30th October.

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On Tour

Mel Parsons
31.12 Woodford Folk Festival Sunshine Coast Hinterland, QLD
13.03 WOMAD Taranaki, NZ
Courtney Barnett
16.10 The Loft Atlana, GA
17.10 The Visulite Theatre Charlotte, NC
18.10 Black Cat Washington, DC
19.10 Black Cat Washington, DC
20.10 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
22.10 Webster Hall New York, NY
23.10 Upstate Concert Hall Clifton Park, NY
24.10 Cabaret Mile End Montreal, Canada
25.10 Lee's Palace Toronto, Canada
27.10 Metro Chicago, IL
28.10 The Riot Room Kansas City, MO
31.10 Neptune Seattle, WA
01.11 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
03.11 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
04.11 El Rey Theare Los Angeles, CA
05.11 The Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
07.11 Fun Fun Fun Fest Austin, TX
13.11 Doornroosje Nikmegen, Netherlands
14.11 Crossing Border Festival Den Haag, Netherlands
16.11 Ancienne Blegique Brussles, Belgium
17.11 Studio 672 Cologne, Germany
18.11 Privat Club Berlin, Germany
20.11 Molotow Exil Hamburg, Germany
22.11 Atomic Cafe Munich, Germany
23.11 Chelsea Vienna, Austria
25.11 Tunnel Milan, Itlay
26.11 FRI-SON Fribourg, Switzerland
27.11 Rote Fabrik Clubraum Roches, Switzerland
30.11 La Peniche Lille, France
02.12 Le Marche Gare Lyon, France
03.12 Rock School Barbey Bordeaux, France
04.12 Various Brighton Venues Brighton, UK
05.12 Alexandra Palace London, UK
16.01 Triple J's Beat The Drum  Sydney, NSW
31.01 Laneway Festival Brisbane, QLD
01.02 Laneway Festival Sydney, NSW
06.02 Laneway Festival Adelaide, SA
07.02 Laneway Festival Melbourne, VIC
08.02 Laneway Festival Fremantle, WA
07.03 Golden Plains Festival Meredith, VIC
Conor Orbest
07.03 Golden Plains Festival Meredith, VIC
Parquet Courts


04.03 Manning Bar Sydney, NSW
05.03 The Zoo Brisbane, QLD
06.03 The Hi-Fi Melbourne, VIC
07.03 Golden Plains Meredith, VIC
Real Estate
25.02 Corner Hotel Melbourne, VIC
26.02 Oxford Art Factory Sydney, NSW
27.02 The Zoo Brisbane, QLD
Stella Angelico
13.02 Riverboats Music Festival Echuca, VIC
The Amity Affliction
08.01 Macquarie Wharf Hobart, TAS
09.01 Wool Exchange Geelong, VIIC
10.01 Unify - A Music Gathering Gippsland, VIC
11.01 Unify - A Music Gathering Gippsland, VIC
13.01 ANU Bar Canberra, ACT
14.01 Waves Wollongong, NSW
15.01 Panthers Penrith, NSW
16.01 Panthers Newcastle, NSW
17.01 Coolangatta Hotel Gold Coast, QLD
19.01 Community Centre Lake Kawana, QLD
22.01 Discovery Darwin, NT
23.01 Union Jack Cairns, QLD
24.01 The Venue Townsville, QLD
26.01 Bridgeway Hotel Pooraka, SA
29.01 Metropolis Fremantle, WA
30.01 Albany Leisure & Aquatic Centre Albany, WA
31.01 Regional Entertainment Centre Bunbury, WA
How To Dress Well
21.01 Kings Arms Auckland, NZ
23.01 The Aurora Sydney, NSW
24.01 Sugar Mountain Festival Melbourne, VIC
24.10 Unibar Adelaide, SA
28.12 Falls Festival Lorne, VIC
30.12 Falls Festival Byron Bay, NSW
19.10 The Blurst of Times Festival Melbourne, VIC
25.10 The Blurst of Times Festival Sydney, NSW
12.11 The Hi-Fi Brisbane, QLD
13.11 The Corner Hotel Melbourne, VIC
14.11 The Corner Hotel Melbourne, VIC
15.11 Metro Theatre Sydney, NSW
30.12 NYE on the Hill Melbourne, VIC
Ty Segall
11.12 The Bakery Perth, WA
12.12 Meredith Music Festival Meredith, VIC
14.12 Corner Hotel Melbourne, VIC
15.12 Corner Hotel Melbourne, VIC
17.12 Oxford Art Factory Sydney, NSW
18.12 Oxford Art Factory Sydney, NSW
19.12 The Zoo Brisbane, QLD
20.12 The Northern Byron Bay, QLD
The Waifs
20.11 Fremantle Arts Centre Fremantle, WA
27.11 Araluen Arts Centre Alice Springs, NT
29.11 Gorgeous Festival Adelaide, SA
30.11 Queenscliff Music Festival Queenscliff, VIC
01.12 Corner Hotel Melbourne, VIC
03.12 Anita's Theatre Thirroul, NSW
04.12 Canberra Theatre Canberra, ACT
06.12 Bangalow A & I Hall Bangalow, NSW
07.12 Miami Marketta Gold Coast, QLD
09.12 Events Centre Caloundra, QLD
10.12 Pilbeam Theatre Rockhampton, QLD
11.12 Hellenic Hall Hobart, TAS
13.12 Fremantle Arts Centre Fremantle, WA
14.12 Old Broadwater Farm Busselton, WA
Olympic Ayres
31.10 Big Top Luna Park Sydney, NSW
12.12 Marmalade Skies Festival Goulburn, NSW
Marlon Williams
25.10 The Tuning Fork Auckland, NZ
20.11 Mullum Music Festival Mullumbimby, NSW
28.11 Queenscliff Music Festival Queenscliff, VIC
12.12 Meredith Music Festival Meredith, VIC
The Snowdroppers
23.10 Sydney Blues & Roots Festival Windsor, NSW
06.12 Factory Theatre Sydney, NSW
15.11 Mojos  Fremantle, WA
16.11 Mojos Fremantle, WA
20.11 Fowlers Adelaide, SA
21.11 The Zoo Brisbane, QLD
22.11 Alhambra Lounge Brisbane, QLD
23.11 The Northern Byron Bay, NSW
27.11 The Metro Theatre Sydney, NSW
28.11 The Small Ballroom Newcastle, NSW
29.11 Corner Hotel Melbourne, VIC
30.11 Corner Hotel Melbourne, VIC
06.12 The Capitol Perth, WA
High Tension
18.10 Blurst of Times Festival Brisbane, QLD
24.10 The Hi Fi Brisbane, QLD
25.10 The Metro Sydney, NSW
31.10 Mojos Fremantle, WA
01.11 Rosemount Hotel Perth, WA
06.11 The Gov Adelaide, SA
07.11 170 Russel Melbourne, VIC
05.12 John Curtin Hotel Melbourne, VIC
Dave Dobbyn


22.11 Red Hill Auditorium Perth, WA
29.11 Riverstage Brisbane, QLD
The Black Seeds
25.10 Huia Festival 2014 Masterton, NZ
15.11 The Bedford at CPIT Christchurch, NZ
22.11 Red Hill Auditorium Perth, WA
27.11 Prince Bandroom Melbourne, VIC
28.11 The Metro Sydney, NSW
29.11 Riverstage Brisbane, QLD
22.11 Red Hill Auditorium Perth, WA
29.11 Riverstage Brisbane, QLD
Young Magic
21.11 Oxford Art Factory Sydney, NSW
22.11 Shebeen Melbourne, VIC
23.11 Strawberry Fields Festival Melbourne, VIC
27.11 Black Bear Lodge Brisbane, QLD
28.11 Elsewhere Gold Coast, QLD
Kid Radio
03.11 The Toff in Town Melbourne, VIC
22.11 The Workers Club Melbourne, VIC
Oh Mercy
07.11 Factory Theatre Sydney, NSW
15.11 Triffid Brisbane, QLD
20.11 Corner Hotel Melbourne, VIC
21.11 Corner Hotel Melbourne, VIC
06.11 The Darkroom Christchurch, NZ
07.11 Chicks Hotel Dunedin, NZ
08.11 The Cheeky Llama Cafe Invercargill, NZ
09.11 The Sip Cafe Bar Oamaru, NZ
10.11 The Yeti Collective Kaikoura, NZ
11.11 Civil & Naval Lyttelton, NZ
12.11 Rogue & Vagabond Wellington, NZ
13.11 Great Job Palmerston North, NZ
14.11 Dome Bar Gisborne, NZ
16.11 Golden Dawn Auckland, NZ
26.10 The Brightside Brisbane, QLD
07.11 Enoggera Bowls Club Enoggera, QLD
08.11 The Junk Bar Ashgrove, QLD
15.11 Sandgate Town Hall Sandgate, QLD
Split Seconds
30.10 Shebeen Melbourne, VIC
14.11 Amplifier  Perth, WA
15.11 Prince of Wales Bunbury, WA
Philadelphia Grand Jury
08.11 Ding Dong Lounge Melbourne, VIC
12.11 Beach Road Sydney, NSW
13.11 Cambridge Newcastle, NSW
14.11 Alhambra Brisbane, QLD
Emma Russack
07.11 The Front Gallery Canberra, ACT
The Eastern
23.10 The Wheatsheaf Hotel Adelaide, SA
24.10 Fleurieu Folk Festival Adelaide, SA
31.10 Lyttelton Top Club Lytellton, NZ
02.11 Lyttelton Top Club Lytellton, NZ
06.11 Oamura Opera House Oamura, NZ
07.11 Chicks Hotel Dunedin, NZ
03.11 Northcote Social Club Melbourne, VIC
06.11 The Old Museum Brisbane, QLD
07.11 Newtown Social Club Sydney, NSW
Sola Rosa
24.10 Dux Live Christchurch, NZ
31.10 San Fran Wellington, NZ
01.11 Tuning Fork Auckland, NZ
27.10 Horncastle Arena Christchurch, NZ
29.10 Town Hall Dunedin, NZ
31.10 TSB Bank Arena Wellington, NZ
01.11 Vector Arena Auckland, NZ
Jenny Queen
29.10 GoodGod Small Club Sydney, NSW
Born Lion
16.10 The Stag and Hunter Hotel Newcastle, NSW
17.10 The Northern Bryron Bay, NSW
18.10 Brightside Carpark Brisbane, QLD
25.10 Factory Theatre Sydney, NSW