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> wins Best Female Artist and Best Song at <em>The Age Music Victoria Awards</em>
Courtney Barnett wins Best Female Artist and Best Song at The Age Music Victoria Awards

The Age Music Victoria Awards ceremony took place at 170 Russell in Melbourne on Tuesday night. 

Native Tongue would like to congratulate Courtney Barnett on scoring two awards. Currently touring Europe, Courtney was named Best Female Artist and scored Best Song for 'Avant Gardener'. 

Native Tongue would also like to congratulate Wagons who were nominated for Best Band.

<em>David Hirschfelder</em> wins Feature Film Score of the Year
David Hirschfelder wins Feature Film Score of the Year

The 2014 Screen Music Awards were held at Sydney’s City Recital Hall on Wednesday night. The awards ceremony honoured composers across 13 categories.

Native Tongue would like to congratulate composer David Hirschfelder who won the prestigious Feature Film Score of the Year award for his work on The Railway Man.

Native Tongue administers the film score on behalf of Cutting Edge Group.

Native Tongue would also like to congratulate Dale Cornelius who received a nomination for Best Music for a Television Series or Serial for his score in The Doctor Blake Mysteries.

Virgin Australia and Red Rooster Sync Spots

Native Tongue recently secured two notable syncs.

Frank Sinatra's internationally recognised track "Come Fly With Me" features in the latest Virgin Australia TV Commercial. 

Pitchfork placed "Ice Cream" by Battles at number 47 in its list of The Top 100 Tracks of 2011. The hit track features in the new Red Rooster TV commercial. 

<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. 

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On Tour

Mel Parsons
31.12 Woodford Folk Festival Sunshine Coast Hinterland, QLD
13.03 WOMAD Taranaki, NZ
Courtney Barnett
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


27.02 Perth Festival Perth, WA
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
Marlon Williams
20.11 Mullum Music Festival Mullumbimby, NSW
28.11 Queenscliff Music Festival Queenscliff, VIC
05.12 Yarra Hotel Melbourne, VIC
06.12 Yarra Hotel Melbourne, VIC
10.12 The Vanguard Sydney, NSW
12.12 Meredith Music Festival Meredith, VIC
10.01 Summer of Soul Mossvale Park, VIC
27.02 Nannup Music Festival Nannup, WA
06.03 Port Fairy Folk Festival Port Fairy, VIC
Real Estate
24.02 Howler Melbourne, VIC
25.02 Corner Hotel Melbourne, VIC
26.02 Oxford Art Factory Sydney, NSW
27.02 The Zoo Brisbane, QLD
The Antlers
11.02 The Brightside Brisbane, QLD
13.02 Oxford Art Factory Sydney, NSW
14.02 Recital Centre Melbourne, VIC
15.02 Perth Festival Perth, WA
Stella Angelico
20.11 Cherry Bar Melbourne, VIC
13.02 Riverboats Music Festival Echuca, VIC
Clairy Browne
09.01 Merri Soul Sessions - Sydney Festival  Sydney, NSW
10.01 Merri Soul Sessions - Summer of Soul Festival Sydney, NSW
16.01 Merri Soul Sessions - Mona Foma Hobart, TAS
17.01 Merri Soul Sessions - Sundown Sessions Perth, WA
21.01 Merri Soul Sessions - Tamworth Festival Tamworth, WA
22.01 Merri Soul Sessions - The Tivoli Brisbane, QLD
23.01 Merri Soul Sessions - The Tivoli Brisbane, QLD
31.01 Merri Soul Sessions - Norwood Concert Hall Adelaide, SA
06.02 Merri Soul Sessions - Twilight at Taronga Sydney, NSW
07.02 Merri Soul Sessions - Melbourne Zoo Melbourne, VIC
10.02 Merri Soul Sessions - Darwin Entertainment Centre Darwin, NT
11.02 Merri Soul Sessions - Darwin Entertainment Centre Darwin, NT
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 Wool Exchange Geelong, 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
Circa Waves
10.01 Thebarton Theatre Adelaide, SA
11.01 Festival Hall Melbourne, VIC
15.01 Festival Hall Melbourne, VIC
16.01 Horden Pavilion Sydney, NSW
17.01 Horden Pavilion Sydney, NSW
18.01 The Marquee Brisbane, QLD
Slow Club
15.01 Northcote Social Club Melbourne, VIC
16.01 Black Bear Lodge Brisbane, QLD
17.01 Newtown Social Club Sydney, NSW
The Black Seeds
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
26.12 Coroglen Tavern Coroglen, NZ
27.12 Brewers Fields Mt Maunganui, NZ
28.12 Riwaka Hotel Nelson/Riwaka, NZ
29.12 Station Village Lower Hutt, NZ
30.12 Riverside Park Taupo, NZ
31.12 Butlers Reef New Plymouth, NZ
02.01 Opononi Hotel Opononi, NZ
03.01 Mangawhai Tavern Mangawhai, NZ
20.11 Melbourne Music Week Melbourne, VIC
27.11 The Hi-Fi Sydney, NSW
28.12 Falls Festival Lorne, VIC
30.12 Falls Festival Byron Bay, NSW
31.12 NYE at The Espy Melbourne, VIC
05.12 Rocket Bar Adelaide, SA
06.12 The Toff in Town Melbourne, VIC
12.12 Alhambra Lounge Brisbane, QLD
13.12 Festival of the Sun Port Macquarie, NSW
17.12 Beach Road Hotel Bondi, NSW
30.12 NYE on the Hill Melbourne, VIC
22.11 Red Hill Auditorium Perth, WA
29.11 Riverstage Brisbane, QLD
31.12 Rhythm and Alps Festival Wanaka, NZ
31.12 Yarraville Club Melbourne, VIC


31.12 The Reverence Hotel Melbourne, VIC
High Tension
27.11 Blackwire Records Sydney, NSW
28.11 Beatdisc Records Sydney, NSW
29.11 Corrimbal Pub Wollongong, NSW
05.12 John Curtin Hotel Melbourne, VIC
31.12 The Reverence Hotel 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
French For Rabbits
05.12 Darkroom Christchurch, NZ
07.12 Fairfield House Nelson, NZ
10.12 House Concert Napier, NZ
11.12 Wine Cellar Auckland, NZ
12.12 Rogue Stage Presents Rotorua, NZ
13.12 Vogelmorn Hall Wellington, NZ
19.12 Acacia Bay Hall Taupo, NZ
20.12 The Moorings Wellington, NZ
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
03.12 EMC Play Kings Cross, NSW
12.12 Marmalade Skies Festival Goulburn, NSW
Delaney Davidson
20.11 Kaitaki Ferry Kaitaki, NZ
20.11 Space Monster Whanganul, NZ
21.11 Meow Wellington, NZ
23.11 Raumati Social Club Raumati, NZ
26.11 King St Live Masterton, NZ
27.11 The Sitting Room Napier, NZ
28.11 The Pumphouse Thames, NZ
29.11 The Tuning Fork Auckland, NZ
30.11 The Sawmill Cafe Leigh, NZ
03.12 The Tin Shed Featherston, NZ
07.12 Kaitaki Ferry Kaitaki, NZ
The Snowdroppers
06.12 Factory Theatre Sydney, NSW
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
Dave Dobbyn


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
22.11 The Workers Club Melbourne, VIC