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

We're excited to be celebrating 10 years of Native Tongue at this year's Bigsound Conference in Brisbane. 

On Wednesday September 10th from 5pm-8pm we're taking over the Brightside Carpark and will be showcasing five great young artists: APES, BONJAH, Olympic Ayres, Tin Sparrow and Marlon Williams.

We hope you can join the party.


<em>Kingswood</em> sign to Native Tongue - Debut album out now
Kingswood sign to Native Tongue - Debut album out now

Native Tongue is proud to announce the signing of Kingswood.

The four-piece rock outfit from Melbourne have just unveiled the highly anticipated debut album Microscopic Wars.

Produced by Vance Powell (Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon) in Nashville USA, the 13-track album explores a variety of sounds and features lead singles 'Sucker Punch' and 'I Can Feel That You Don't Love Me'. 

Kingswood have toured with the likes of The Living End, Grinspoon and Aerosmith and played numerous festivals such as Splendour In The Grass, Groovin The Moo and Big Day Out.

To coincide with the release of the new record, Kingswood are currently on tour throughout Australia.

Microscopic Wars is currently out via Dew Process/Universal.
Five <em>Native Tongue</em> writers nominated for 2014 Silver Scroll Award
Five Native Tongue writers nominated for 2014 Silver Scroll Award

APRA have announced the top 20 songs nominated for the 2014 APRA Silver Scroll award. This is New Zealand's only peer-voted songwriting award, and is widely considered the most prestigious songwriting award in the country. 

Of the 20 finalists named, five Native Tongue artists have received nominations. 

The Phoenix Foundation - 'Bob Lennon John Dylan'
Mulholland - 'Cry If You Want To'
Jonathan Bree - 'Duckies Lament'
Sheep, Dog & Wolf - 'Glare'
Connan Mockasin - 'I'm The Man That Will Find You' (via Because Editions)

The winner will be announced at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards on Thursday 30th October 2014 at Wellington's TSB Arena. 


Native Tongue recently music supervised the television drama Hope and Wire. Inspired by true events, first-hand accounts and employing actual newsreel footage, this drama follows the aftermath of the Earthquakes that befell New Zealand’s Christchurch between 2010 and 2011, telling a universal story of family, hope and triumph against the odds.

The Eastern feature heavily in the series, in fact their song Hope & Wire inspired the title and plays over the opening titles. Delaney Davidson, Bachelorette, Barry Saunders and Transistors are among the other Native Tongue artists featured in the series and the music was composed by Emile de la Rey.

The first episode aired on July 3rd 2014. 

<em>Native Tongue</em> signs <em>Marc Earley</em>
Native Tongue signs Marc Earley

Native Tongue are excited to welcome composer Marc Earley to the roster.

Earlier this year while on tour with Perth band The Growl, Marc was a victim of an unprovoked attack. The severe injury to his finger cast doubt on whether Marc could continue his life as a working musician.

His band mates rallied together and with the support of the music community, raised over $28,000 for his surgery and rehabilitation. Marc has made real progress overcoming his injury and is excited to get back to work. 

His past work includes composing music for New York-based Australian artist Ian Strange. We look forward to hearing more from this exciting new composer. 


Native Tongue would like to congratulate Ella Yelich-O’Connor (Lorde) and Songs Music Publishing on winning the inaugural Outstanding International Achievement Award at the 2014 APRA Awards.

The New Zealand songwriter has also been recognised with two Grammy Awards, a Silver Scroll, a Billboard Music Award and an ASCAP Pop Award. 

Lorde will be back in Australia next month for her rescheduled tour.

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On Tour

28.12 Falls Festival Lorne, VIC
29.12 Falls Festival Marion Bay, TAS
30.12 Falls Festival Byron, NSW
03.01 Southbound Festival Busselton, WA
Glass Animals
28.12 Falls Festival Lorne, VIC
29.12 Falls Festival Marion Bay, TAS
30.12 Falls Festival Byron, NSW
03.01 Southbound Festival Busselton, WA
29.08 The Corner Hotel Melbourne, VIC
31.08 The Corner Hotel Melbourne, VIC
13.09 The Corner Hotel Melbourne, VIC
10.09 Big Sound Brisbane, QLD
18.09 Karova Lounge Ballarat, VIC
01.10 Water Rats London, UK
02.10 Fallow Cafe Manchester, UK
03.10 Nice & Sleazy Glasgow, UK
04.10 Alfie Birds Birmingham, UK
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
17.12 Oxford Art Factory Sydney, NSW
19.12 The Zoo Brisbane, QLD
20.12 The Northern Byron Bay, QLD
Marlon Williams
10.09 Big Sound Brisbane, QLD
20.09 Jamgrass Festival Adelaide, SA
28.09 Wave Rock Festival Perth, WA
11.10 Astor Theatre Perth, WA
15.10 The Metro Sydney, NSW
16.10 The Corner Melbourne, VIC
19.10 Meeniyan Town Hall Meeniyan, VIC
22.10 The Tivoli Brisbane, QLD
23.10 The Bedford Christchurch, NZ
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 Waifs
28.11 Queenscliff Music Festival Queenscliff, VIC
29.11 Gorgeous Festival Adelaide, SA
30.08 City Square Melbourne, VIC
19.09 Reeperbahn Festival Hamburg, Germany
20.09 Southsea Festival Portsmouth, UK
22.09 Venue 2 Birmingham, UK
23.09 CCA Glasgow, UK
24.09 Seabright Arms London, UK
25.09 Soup Kitchen Manchester, UK
26.09 Le Truskel Paris, France
06.11 Corner Hotel Melbourne, VIC
08.11 Adelaide Uni Bar Adelaide, SA
09.11 The Bakery Perth, WA
11.11 Newtown Social Club Sydney, NSW
12.11 Newtown Social Club Sydney, NSW
19.11 Black Bear Lodge Brisbane, QLD
20.11 Black Bear Lodge Brisbane, QLD
21.11 Darwin Railway Club Darwin, NT
Emma Russack
04.09 Yarra Hotel Melbourne, VIC
09.10 Mojo's Fremantle, WA
10.10 Swings & Roundabouts Margaret River, WA
11.10 The Bird Perth, WA
07.11 The Front Gallery Canberra, ACT
25.09 Settlers Tavern Margaret River, WA
26.09 Studio Bomba Perth, WA
27.09 Wave Rock Weekender Perth, WA
03.10 Caloundra Music Festival Caloundra, QLD
18.10 Out on the Weekend Williamstown, VIC
03.11 Northcote Social Club Melbourne, VIC
06.11 The Old Museum Brisbane, QLD
07.11 Newtown Social Club Sydney, NSW
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
15.08 Indi Bar Scarborough, WA
16.08 Amplifier Perth, WA
17.08 Dunsborough Tavern Dunsborough, WA
30.08 Pirie & Co Social Club Adelaide, SA
05.09 Hotel New York Launceston, TAS
06.09 Republic Bar Hobart, TAS
10.09 Big Sound Brisbane, QLD
13.09 Originals Festival Noosa, QLD
18.09 Armidale Club Armidale, NSW
19.09 Newtown Social Club Sydney, NSW
20.09 Cambridge Hotel Newcastle, NSW
03.10 Torquay Hotel Torquay, VIC
04.10 The Hi-Fi Melbourne, VIC
10.10 The Zoo Brisbane, QLD
11.10 Racehorse Hotel Ipswitch, QLD
12.10 Surfers Paradise Beergarden Surfers Paradise, QLD
24.10 Byron Bay Surf Festival Byron Bay, NSW
29.08 Howler Melbourne, VIC
03.09 Kooroora Hotel Mt Buller, VIC
04.09 Swindlers Bar Mt Hotham, VIC
05.09 The Union Club Hotel Wagga Wagga, NSW
06.09 The Armadale Club Armadale, NSW
12.09 Ric's Bar Brisbane, QLD
13.09 The Originals Music Festival Noosa, QLD
17.09 Hoey Moey Coffs Harbour, NSW
18.09 Cambridge Hotel Newcastle, NSW
19.09 Waves Wollongong, NSW
20.09 Collector Hotel Parramatta, NSW
25.09 Anu Bar Canberra, ACT
26.09 Area Hotel Griffith, NSW
17.10 Karova Lounge Ballarat, VIC
18.10 Torquay Hotel Torquay, VIC
23.10 The Loft Warrnambool, VIC
24.10 Unibar Adelaide, SA
Heroes For Hire
18.10 UTS Underground Sydney, NSW
Olympic Ayres
10.09 Big Sound Brisbane, QLD
03.10 Alhambra Lounge Brisbane, QLD
04.10 Newtown Social Club Sydney, NSW
05.10 Fourwords/Rhino Adelaide, SA
09.10 Boney Melbourne, VIC
10.10 Elsewhere Gold Coast, QLD
11.10 Transit Bar Canberra, ACT
26.09 The Bedford @ CPIT Christchurch, NZ
27.09 Sammy's Dunedin, NZ
28.09 Loco Catina Queenstown, NZ
03.10 Powerstation Auckland, NZ
04.10 James Cabaret Wellington, NZ
Jess Harlen
03.10 Caloundra Music Festival Caloundra, QLD
Bombay Bicycle Club
25.09 The Forum Melbourne, VIC
27.09 The Tivoli Brisbane, QLD
28.09 Metro Theatre Sydney, NSW
Julia Deans
26.09 St Peters Hall Paekakariki, Wellington
American Authors
19.09 The Hi-Fi Brisbane, QLD
20.09 Prince Bandroom Melbourne, VIC
21.09 The Metro Theatre Sydney, NSW
24.09 Powerstation Auckland, NZ
The Snowdroppers
23.08 The Cambridge Hotel Newcastle, NSW
20.09 Small World Festival Sydney, NSW
French For Rabbits
06.09 Vic Theatre Denvonport, NZ
19.09 Darkroom Christchurch, NZ
10.09 Big Sound Brisbane, QLD
Cameron Avery (The Growl)
03.09 The Vanguard Sydney, NSW
04.09 Black Bear Lodge Brisbane, QLD
05.09 The Workers Club Melbourne, VIC
13.09 Mojo's Bar Fremantle, WA
Calling All Cars


04.09 The Tivoli Brisbane, QLD
05.09 Enmore Theatre Sydney, NSW
07.09 Palais Theatre Melbourne, VIC
09.09 HQ Adelaide, SA
12.09 Metro City Perth, WA
The Getaway Plan
03.09 Metropolis Fremantle, WA
04.09 The Gov Adelaide, SA
06.09 The Hi-Fi Brisbane, QLD
07.09 The Roundhouse Sydney, NSW
09.09 The Forum Melbourne, VIC
10.09 170 Russell Melbourne, VIC
The Amity Affliction
29.08 Red Hill Auditorium Perth, WA
30.08 Thebarton Theatre Adelaide, SA
31.08 Festival Hall Melbourne, VIC
04.08 Hordern Pavilion Sydney, NSW
05.08 Riverstage Brisbane, QLD
31.08 Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival Seattle, WA
01.09 Dough Fir Lounge Portland, OR
03.09 Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, CA
04.09 Echo Los Angeles, CA
06.09 Lou Fest Saint Louis, MO
04.09 Red Wheelbarrow Books Melbourne, VIC
Slow Dancer
31.08 The Workers Club Melbourne, VIC
15.08 Re Fuel Dunedin, NZ
16.08 The Bedford @ CPSA CHCH, NZ
22.08 Powerstation Auckland, NZ
23.08 The Ballroom Whangarei, NZ
29.08 Shipwreck Gisborne, NZ
30.08 Sideline Bar Napier, NZ
30.08 The Bakery Perth, WA
Jonathan Boulet
28.08 Black Bear Lodge Brisbane, QLD