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> Native Tongue</em> Signs <em>Bonjah </em>
Native Tongue Signs Bonjah

Native Tongue is proud to announce the signing of Bonjah.

The band's third studio album Beautiful Wild is released this week. Written across an 18-month period and recorded in 10 days, the album showcases a new creative path. 

Featuring singles 'Evolution' and 'Honey', Beautiful Wild is a collection of 11 hook-laden songs with blues driven guitar solos, enticing vocals and catchy songwriting. 

Before Bonjah embark on another European summer tour, the band will play a one-off album launch show at The Corner Hotel in Melbourne on May 9th. A full album tour will follow in August/September.

Beautiful Wild will be released via Inertia on Friday April 18th 2014.

 <em> Native Tongue</em>  artists nominated for  <em>Taite Prize</em>
Native Tongue artists nominated for Taite Prize

Three Native Tongue artists have been selected as finalists for the Taite Music Prize 2014; Jonathan Bree for his album The Primrose Path, The Phoenix Foundation for Fandango and Lorde, who NT represents via SONGS for her debut, Pure Heroine.

Named after the late music journalist, Dylan Taite, the awards recognise albums with outstanding creativity and musicianship, regardless of popularity, sales figures or genre. The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and recording time at the Red Bull Studios.

Finalists were selected by votes from Independent Music New Zealand members, and the winner will be picked by a group of ten judges from music radio, print, and academic circles, as well as Taite's son, John. Previous winners include Lawrence Arabia, Ladi6 and SJD.

<em>Ladi6 </em> Inks With <em>Native Tongue</em>
Ladi6 Inks With Native Tongue

Ladi6 (Karoline Tamati) is one of New Zealand's premier vocalists and MCs. Her career is embossed with industry awards, critical acclaim, and countless international shows alongside a who’s who of respected music icons. Her latest album Automatic is set to be one of the soul/hip-hop albums of the year with its innovative beats, ingenious vocals and themes of strength and survival. 

Welcoming <em>Shapeshifter</em>
Welcoming Shapeshifter

Native Tongue is delighted to announce the addition of legendary NZ act Shapeshifter to its publishing catalogue.

Shapeshifter have been heralded as a musical phenomenon for their ground breaking live shows and unique blend of heavy soul with drum and bass. Their live career includes standout shows at Glastonbury, The Big Chill, Big Day Out, Parklife plus sold-out performances across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Their genre defying 5th album Delta has been described as "explosive, pulsating and vividly colourful".

"We have been fans of Shapeshifter for many years and are thrilled to add such uniquely NZ talent to our roster. We look forward to showcasing their music to the rest of the world", states NT General Manager Jaime Gough.


SONGS Publishing songwriter and Kiwi superstar Lorde has added to her growing list of achievements, taking home two Grammys at the 2014 awards.

The 17-year-old star, who released her debut album "Pure Heroine" last September, took home two gold trophies for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for her chart-topping track, 'Royals'.

Ella Yelich-O'Connor, aka Lorde, beat out a list of huge names including Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Pink.

Adding to the accolades just a day earlier, 'Royals' came in second in the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown.

The awards are the icing on the cake for what has been a monster year for the young singer.

Lorde is currently headlining the 2014 St Jerome's Laneway Festival, which kicks off the Australian leg in Brisbane before heading to Sydney, Melbourne Adelaide and Perth.

<em>Cut Copy</em> Join Native Tongue Family
Cut Copy Join Native Tongue Family

Native Tongue are thrilled to announce the recent signing of Australia's own Cut Copy. The deal secures Australia and New Zealand rights for future works, including the latest album, Free Your Mind.

Free Your Mind, released on 5 November 2013 by Modular Recordings, is the fourth studio album from Cut Copy, whose eclectic blend of new wave electronic and synth-pop has seen them win hearts, minds, and industry accolades the world over.

"When Cut Copy released Bright Like Neon Love I was blown away. 10 years on they continue to produce soundtracks to accompany nights out, nights in and everything in between. It's a dream to be working with them on Free Your Mind and beyond." said Native Tongue GM, Jaime Gough.

The album was produced by frontman Dan Whitford, with mixing and additional production by Dave Fridmann, of MGMT, The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala fame. Lead singles from the album include "Free Your Mind" & "We Are Explorers". Cut Copy will play Golden Plains and Future Music on March 9.

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On Tour

Emma Russack
30.05 Boney Melbourne, VIC
01.06 Mona (Daytime) Hobart, TAS
01.06 Republic Bar Hobart, TAS
18.06 Black Bear Lodge Brisbane, QLD
19.06 Rad Bar Wollongong, NSW
21.06 Brighton Up Bar Sydney, NSW
04.07 Hotel Metro Adelaide, SA
09.07 Mojo's Bar Fremantle, WA
11.07 The Bird Perth, WA
The Amity Affliction
24.05 Bass In The Grass Darwin, NT
28.06 River Sessions Mackay, QLD
22.05 Pirie & Co Social Club Adelaide, SA
23.05 Fly By Night Club Fremantle, WA
31.05 Republic Bar & Cafe Hobart, TAS
06.06 The Barwon Club Hotel Geelong, VIC
07.06 The Hi-Fi Melbourne, VIC
08.06 Karova Lounge Ballarat, VIC
12.06 The Abbey Canberra, ACT
13.06 Yours & Owls Wollongong, NSW
14.06 The Factory Theatre Sydney, NSW
15.06 Lizottes  Newcastle, NSW
20.06 The Zoo Brisbane, QLD
21.06 The Railway Hotel Darwin, NT


16.05 Republic Bar & Cafe Hobart, TAS
22.05 The Small Ballroom Newcastle, NSW
23.05 The Roller Den Sydney, NSW
24.05 Baroque Room Katoomba, NSW
30.05 Tempo Hotel Fortitude Valley, QLD
31.05 Sol Bar Maroochydore, QLD
14.06 The Workers Club Melbourne, VIC
Anna Calvi
28.05 Sydney Opera House Sydney
30.05 Thornbury Theatre Melbourne
The Waifs
21.05 Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre Bunbury, WA
22.05 Astor Theatre Perth, WA
24.05 Kimberley Moon Experience Kununurra, WA
25.05 Fly By Night Musicians Club Fremantle, WA
27.05 170 Russell Melbourne, VIC
28.05 The Metro Sydney, NSW
29.05 Tank Arts Centre Cairns, QLD
24.04 The Gov Adelaide, SA
06.05 The Hi-Fi Brisbane, QLD
08.05 The Bakery Perth, WA
15.05 The Metro Sydney, NSW
16.05 The Metro Sydney, NSW
22.05 The Forum Melbourne, VIC
23.05 The Forum Melbourne, VIC
24.05 Bird In Hay Winery Adelaide, SA
Stella Angelico
18.04 Boogie Festival Tallarock, VIC
Marlon Williams
14.05 Bella Union Melbourne, VIC
Cut Copy
08.05 The Metro Sydney, NSW
09.05 170 Russell Melbourne, VIC
10.05 Eatons Hill Hotel Brisbane, QLD
08.05 The Zoo Brisbane, QLD
09.05 Metro Theatre Sydney, NSW
10.05 Corner Hotel Melbourne, VIC
Calling All Cars
04.04 The Jack Cairns, QLD
11.04 Fowlers Live Adelaide, SA
12.04 Watefront Geelong, VIC
17.04 Easter Festival Bendigo, VIC
18.04 Mynt Lounge Werribee, VIC
19.04 The Loft Warrnambool, VIC
20.04 Torquay Hotel Torquay, VIC
23.04 Karova Lounge Ballarat, VIC
24.04 Corner Hotel Melbourne, VIC
26.04 Republic Bar Hobart, TAS
30.04 Charles Sturt Uni Wagga Wagga, NSW
01.05 Transit Bar Canberra, ACT
02.05 Small Ballroom Newcastle, NSW
03.05 Oxford Arts Factory Sydney, NSW
04.05 Studio Six Sutherland, NSW
08.05 The Great Escape Brighton, UK
Holy F**k
24.04 The Zoo Brisbane, QLD
25.04 Groovin The Moo Oakbank, SA
26.04 Groovin The Moo Maitland, NSW
27.04 Groovin The Moo Canberra, ACT
29.04 Northcote Social Club Melbourne, VIC
30.04 Northcote Social Club Melbourne, VIC
01.05 Brisbane Hotel Hobart, TAS
03.05 Groovin The Moo Bendigo, VIC
04.05 Groovin The Moo Townsville, QLD
07.05 GoodGod Small Club Sydney, NSW
08.05 Rosemount Hotel North Perth, WA
09.05 The Odd Fellow Fremantle, WA
10.05 Groovin The Moo Bunbury, WA
09.05 The Corner Hotel Melbourne, VIC
24.04 Festival Hall Melbourne, VIC
26.04 Festival Hall Melbourne, VIC
27.04 EC Theatre Adelaide, SA
29.04 Challenge Stadium Perth, WA
02.05 Hordern Pavilion Sydney, NSW
03.05 Hordern Pavilion Sydney, NSW
04.05 Entertainment Centre Newcastle, NSW
06.05 Riverstage Brisbane, QLD
Ned Collette
06.04 The Vic Melbourne, VIC
12.04 The Tote Melbourne, VIC
17.04 Long Play Melbourne, VIC
22.04 The Midnight Special Sydney, NSW
02.05 Northcote Social Club Melbourne, VIC
Mel Parsons
27.04 Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival Queenstown, NZ
The Black Seeds
26.04 Queenstown Blues & Roots Queenstown, NZ
The Eastern


04.04 Adam McGrath solo - The Wine Cellar Auckland, NZ
05.04 Adam McGrath solo - Resonator House Concert Wellington, NZ
06.04 Adam McGrath solo - St Peters Hall Paekakariki, NZ
17.04 Mangawhai Tavern Mangawhai, NZ
26.04 Dharma Bums Club Blenheim, NZ
Flip Grater
03.04 Mighty Mighty Wellington, NZ
11.04 Queens Dunedin, NZ
12.04 Wunderbar Christchurch, NZ
24.04 Wine Cellar Auckland, NZ
25.04 Hilltop Tavern Banks Peninsula, NZ
17.04 FNAC Leiria Leiria
The Growl
16.04 Acoustic - Palace Theatre Melbourne, VIC
17.04 Acoustic - Palace Theatre Melbourne, VIC
20.04 Acoustic - Enmore Theatre Sydney, NSW
23.04 Acoustic - The Hi-Fi Brisbane, QLD
New Empire


18.04 Easterfest Toowoomba, QLD


20.04 In The Pines Perth, WA