Concord continues to expand, this time with the acquisition of Native Tongue, one of the leading independent music publishers in Australasia.
A family business since it was established in 2003 by New Zealander Chris Gough, Native Tongue is the sub-publisher of more than 40 international catalogs, including Barton Music, Why Editions, Boosey & Hawkes, Cloud 9 Music, Domino Publishing Company, Faber Music , Roys Boys, PULSE Publishing, Ultra Music and Wixen Music.
The acquisition, announced on Thursday (August 4), is an extension of an alliance that has seen Native Tongue represent Concord in Australia and NZ for more than 12 years.
Concord now has access to Native Tongue’s stable of songwriters, which includes Grammy-nominated writer/producer Stuart Crichton (Backstreet Boys, Kesha, Kygo, Robin Schulz), Jon Hume (Dean Lewis, Sofi Tukker), M-Phazes (Ruel, Remi) Wolf), Courtney Barnett, Luke Buda, Sir Dave Dobbyn, Don McGlashan, Aldous Harding, Tami Neilson and Marlon Williams.
Since Chris’ semi-retirement in 2014, Native Tongue has been run by siblings Jaime and Chelsea Gough.
Going forward, the new entity, Concord Music Publishing ANZ, will be based in Melbourne with staff in Sydney and Auckland. Jaime Gough leads as CEO with senior VP Chelsea Gough and an executive team including David Nash, VP publishing and Matt Tanner, VP A&R.
“Jaime and Chelsea, along with our wonderful team of people, have grown the business significantly in recent years,” comments Native Tongue founder Chris Gough. “This is the next step, giving our homegrown writers a truly international organization capable of maximizing their potential worldwide.”
Financial terms were not disclosed on the deal, a “strategic” one that opens up opportunities throughout the region and Asia, where Native Tongue’s songwriters have been successful, notes John Minch, Concord’s president of international publishing.
“Australia and New Zealand are important music markets in their own right and it’s a region we’ve wanted to invest in for many years,” comments Minch. “This will be an important strategic step for Concord in the coordination of our Asia publishing initiatives, which Jaime will handle. Above all, this acquisition is about the Native Tongue team, who we know well and think will really enjoy being a part of of Concord.”
The acquisition of Native Tongue is expected to be one of several announcements in the coming months from Concord, an independent powerhouse that represents a catalog of nearly 900,000 songs,
“To be able to take this next step with friends that we’ve worked closely with for many years is exciting,” adds Jaime Gough, a regular in The Music’s Australian industry. Power 50 sheet. “This is going to be fun.”