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.


+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
Dale Cornelius

Dale Cornelius

Dale Cornelius has been described as highly inventive, a truly unique artist, and having an ability to evoke an immediate emotional connection with an audience through music. Cornelius’ musical diversity and distinct scores have made him one of Australia’s premiere film and television composers.

Dale won an AACTA for Best Sound/Music in a Documentary in 2013 for 'Dr. Sarmast's Music School', Best Television Theme Award at the Australian Screen Music Awards 2013 for ‘The Doctor Blake Mysteries’, and has received many nominations here and overseas for his work on feature films,  short films and documentaries. 

Amongst the feature films Dale has composed music for is ‘Mary & Max’, which was the first Australian film invited to open the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated at the IF Awards for Best Music in a Feature Film.

He has composed music for TV series, telemovies & documentaries screened on the BBC, ABC, SBS; Networks 7, 9 & 10; Discovery, History, and National Geographic channels (amongst many others) and been commissioned twice as lead composer for Australia's pavilions at World Expo.


Native Tongue composer Dale Cornelius won the award for Best Television Theme for his composition in The Doctor Blake Mysteries at the 2013 APRA Screen Music Awards held in Sydney last night.

Dale Cornelius has composed music for such films and television shows as; Adam Elliot's internationally awarded feature 'Mary & Max', Jeff Daniel's controversial documentary 'The 10 Conditions of Love', Dean Murphy's comedy-drama and Australian box-office hit 'Charlie & Boots', and the BBC hit series 'Penguin Island'.

The Doctor Blake Mysteries is an original 10-part ABC1 murder mystery series starring one of Australia's favourite and most versatile actors, Craig McLachlan, as the maverick town doctor Lucien Blake. A second series is scheduled to air in early 2014.

Mary and Max U.S. release
Mary and Max U.S. release

Melodrama Pictures is delighted to announce that 'Mary and Max', the animated feature film from Adam Elliot, the Academy Award ® winning writer/director of Harvie Krumpet, is being released in the USA.


'Mary and Max' features music by Native Tongue composer Dale Cornelius.

Dale Cornelius and Mary & Max
Dale Cornelius and Mary & Max

'Mary & Max' is the debut feature length claymation film by Academy Award winning Director Adam Elliot. Native Tongue composer Dale Cornelius created the soundtrack to the film.


"Working on Mary & Max was one of the most unusual film projects I've been involved in" Dale Cornelius told the APRAP publication recently... "The job was huge and it was very challenging to make all the different music elements cohesive as one music score... The pay-off was, of course, seeing the film have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival's Opening Night."


Dale Cornelius has been writing scores and songs for feature films, television series, documentaries, television commercials and major events and launches for the last 16 years. The film is opening around Australia at the moment - More information about Dale Cornelius can be found through the Writers page.