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

David Nash - Copyright & Royalties Manager

Matt Tanner - A&R / Creative Manager

Kate Mills - Licensing & Admin

Chelsea Gough - Finance Manager

New Zealand
+64 9 378 9667

Po Box 8926
Symonds Street, Auckland 1150
New Zealand

Taryn Viggiano - Licensing & Admin

Chris Gough - Managing Director

United Kingdom

Alan Gregg - UK Liaison

United States
+1 310 842 9151

3650 Helms Avenue 
Culver City CA 90232 

Michael Nieves - President

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.

<em>The Amity Affliction's</em> #1 album goes gold, charts #31 in US
The Amity Affliction's #1 album goes gold, charts #31 in US

The Amity Affliction have taken out the number 1 spot in the Australian charts this week with their fourth album, Let The Ocean Take Me. Just 10 days after its Australian release it has now been certified as a gold record.

This marks their second consecutive number one album and is further confirmation that The Amity Affliction have become one of Australia's most loved acts. The success continues overseas, the album has debuted at #31 on the Billboard chart in the US.

On Let The Ocean Take Me, The Amity Affliction have never sounded more vital. Urgent, aggressive, catchy, and diverse, it pushes their signature sound to the next level, providing a riveting soundtrack to the earnest admissions of vocalist Joel Birch, giving their diehard fans the album they both demand and deserve. “We’ve always been in this for the long haul, and we always want to keep getting better,” states Birch. “We toured for five years around Australia almost non-stop before anyone even really noticed us, and then with each of our records our following seemed to double. That’s really humbling, because we never set out to be ‘successful’ in this way, and our fans are really important to us, and we’re just going to keep writing the best songs we can.”

The band will embark on a national tour late August/early September, taking them to Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Let The Ocean Take Me is available through Roadrunner (Warner).

<em>Jenny Queen</em> joins <em>Native Tongue</em>
Jenny Queen joins Native Tongue

Native Tongue is excited to announce the signing of Jenny Queen.

The Sydney-based US country folk singer recently released her third album Small Town Misfits. Produced by ARIA award-winning artist Shane Nicholson, the new album is a collection of thirteen dark, soulful alt-country gems.

Small Town Misfits is out now on ABC Records.

 <em>NATIVE TONGUE</em> welcomes <em>Stuart Crichton</em>
NATIVE TONGUE welcomes Stuart Crichton

Native Tongue is delighted to announce the signing of international songwriter and producer Stuart Crichton.

A prolific songwriter and well-respected producer, Stuart has worked with a number of world-renowned artists including Kylie Minogue, Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian, and Vanessa Amorosi.

His recent work includes co-writing 'Sea of Flags', a song performed by Jess Mauboy at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

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On Tour

The Waifs
28.11 Queenscliff Music Festival Queenscliff, VIC
18.07 Ness Creek Folk Festival Ness Creek
19.07 Vancouver Folk Festival Vancouver
20.07 Vancouver Folk Festival Vancouver
23.07 The Palomino Smokehouse Calgary
26.07 Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton
26.07 Secret Show Edmonton
08.08 Caravan Music Club Oakleigh, VIC
09.08 The Substation Newport, VIC
03.10 Caloundra Music Festival Caloundra, QLD
18.10 Out on the Weekend Williamstown, VIC
26.07 Railway Club Darwin, NT
07.08 Spirit Bar Traralgon, VIC
09.08 The Union Wagga Wagga, NSW
14.08 Northshore Tavern Whitfords, WA
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
Emma Russack
30.07 Yarra Hotel Melbourne, VIC
01.08 Bella Union Melbourne, VIC
02.08 Some Velvet Morning Melbourne, VIC
04.09 Yarra Hotel Melbourne, VIC
09.10 Mojo's Fremantle, WA
11.10 The Bird Perth, WA
Bombay Bicycle Club
25.09 The Forum Melbourne, VIC
27.09 The Tivoli Brisbane, QLD
28.09 Metro Theatre Sydney, NSW
American Authors
19.09 The Hi-Fo Brisbane, QLD
20.09 Prince Bandroom Melbourne, VIC
21.09 The Metro Theatre Sydney, NSW
24.09 Powerstation Auckland, NZ
10.09 Big Sound Brisbane, QLD
08.08 Brighton Up Bar Sydney, NSW
09.08 The Grace Darling Melbourne, VIC
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
Olympic Ayres
10.09 Big Sound Brisbane
Marlon Williams
18.07 Fitzroy Town Hall Melbourne, VIC
19.07 Caravan Music Club Oakleigh, VIC
20.07 Major Tom's Kyneton, VIC
24.07 Grand Poobah Hobart, TAS
25.07 Royal Oak Hotel Launceston, TAS
26.07 The Wheatsheaf Adelaide, SA
29.07 Metro Theatre Sydney, NSW
30.07 The Hi-Fi Melbourne, VIC
31.07 The Hi-Fi Melbourne, VIC
01.08 Main Bar Ballarat, VIC
02.08 Newtown Social Club Sydney, NSW
03.08 Lizotte's Newcastle, NSW
06.08 Armidale Club Armidale, NSW
07.08 Black Bear Lodge Brisbane, QLD
08.08 St Martins Parish Hall Mullumbimby, NSW
09.08 No.5 Church St Bellingen, NSW
10.08 Lizotte's Central Coast, NSW
12.08 The Front Gallery Canberra, ACT
14.08 Ararat Hotel Ararat, VIC
15.08 Harvester Moon Bellarine, VIC
16.08 Baby Black Cafe Bacchus Marsh, VIC
17.08 Bridge Hotel Castlemaine, VIC
21.08 Darwin Festival Darwin, NT
23.08 X-Wray Cafe Fremantle, WA
24.08 Settler's Tavern Margaret River, WA
26.08 Ellington Jazz Club Perth, WA
10.09 Big Sound Brisbane, QLD
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
01.08 Stampede Bar Papakura, NZ
02.08 Brewers Mt Maunganui, NZ
07.08 Mayfair New Plymouth, NZ
08.08 Meow Wellington, NZ
09.08 Riwaka Hotel Riwaka, NZ
13.08 Mint Bar Wanaka, NZ
14.08 Base Queenstown, NZ
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
Jonathan Boulet
15.08 Northcote Social Club Melbourne, VIC
16.08 Pirie & Co. Social Club Adelaide, SA
21.08 Goodgod Small Club Sydney, NSW
28.08 Black Bear Lodge Brisbane, QLD
Split Seconds
01.08 Northcote Social Club Melbourne, VIC
02.08 Grace Darling Hotel Melbourne, VIC
03.08 Beav's Bar Geelong, VIC
15.08 Brighton Up Bar Sydney, NSW
16.08 The Gasometer Melbourne, VIC
01.08 Rocket Bar Adelaide, SA
02.08 Grace Darling Melbourne, VIC
07.08 Prince of Wales Bunbury, WA
09.08 Amplifier Bar Perth, WA
15.08 The Waiting Room Brisbane, QLD
16.08 Brighton Up Bar Sydney, NSW
Hollie Smith


22.07 Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh, UK
23.07 Commonwealth Kiwi House Glasgow, UK
27.07 Commonwealth Kiwi House Glasgow, UK
03.08 Commonwealth Kiwi House Glasgow, UK
04.08 Edinburgh Fringe Festival Edinburgh, UK
15.08 Kugelbahn Berlin, Germany


19.07 The Metro Theatre Sydney, NSW
01.08 Fowlers Adelaide, SA
02.08 The Bakery Perth, WA
New Empire
25.07 Eatons Hill Hotel Brisbane, QLD
26.07 Big Top Luna Park Sydney, NSW
01.08 The Hi-Fi - Under 18s Melbourne, VIC
01.08 The Hi Fi - Over 18s Melbourne, VIC
Nick Mulvey
24.07 Splendour In The Grass Bryon Bay, NSW
25.07 Astor Theatre Perth, WA
29.07 The Toff in Town Melbourne, VIC
30.07 Palais Theatre Melbourne, VIC
31.07 Enmore Theatre Sydney, NSW
Wild Beasts
24.07 Splendour In The Grass Bryon Bay, NSW
28.07 Manning Bar Sydney, NSW
29.07 Prince Bandroom Melbourne, VIC
Circa Waves
23.07 Astor Theatre Perth, WA
24.07 Splendour In The Grass Bryon Bay, NSW
25.07 Forum Theatre Melbourne, VIC
28.07 Metro Sydney, NSW
29.07 Newtown Social Club Sydney, NSW
Mas Ysa
24.07 Metro Theatre Sydney, NSW
25.07 Prince Bandroom Melbourne, VIC
26.07 Splendour In The Grass Bryon Bay, NSW
25.07 Splendour in The Grass Byron Bay, NSW
Mel Parsons
23.07 DUX Live Christchurch, NZ
25.07 Samuel's Bar Methven, NZ
26.07 Tawera Memorial Hall Springfield, NZ
26.07 Splendour In The Grass Byron Bay, NSW
Anthonie Tonnon
25.07 Darkroom Christchurch, NZ
26.07 Meow Wellington, NZ


18.07 The Jade Monkey Adelaide, SA
25.07 Barwon Club Geelong, VIC
26.07 The Workers Club Melbourne, VIC
Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes
17.07 Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, NY
18.07 Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, NY
19.07 Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, NY
22.07 The Western Scottsdale, AZ
24.07 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill Dallas, TX
25.07 The Belmont Austin, TX