Missing Link is one of the leading independent music publishing companies offering fast, efficient and transparent licensing and royalty collection for songwriters and copyright holders. Our custom-tailored royalty and licensing system was developed in-house, and is based on the global CWR-based data exchange format embraced by music and media companies around the globe. Whether you need a royalty advance, comprehensive international royalty administration or help getting your songs commercially placed with artists, in films or on TV–Missing Link is there for you.
Founded by JD Dallam and Bill Stafford in 1996, Missing Link was founded with the vision of offering the songwriter a modern music publishing and rights management alternative. Utilizing favorable rights-holder terms in its agreements and licenses, Missing Link was launched to place the songwriter’s needs first–be it royalty collection, international administration or creative support.
As Sony Music and BMG vets respectively, JD and Bill began working with the family of songwriters in the Raphael Saadiq/Tony Toni Tone camps in the mid 90s. UK industry veteran Tony Hinds joined the team in 2002 helping to develop and build the infrastructure for Missing Link’s licensing and royalty collection system. Now, a decade and a half later, Missing Link has rapidly expanded into a world-class, global and modern music publishing/rights management enterprise.
JD Dallam graduated at the top of his class, earning a Bachelor of Music in Music Management at Hartt School of Music. Afterward he immediately moved to New York and landed a position as an advertising copy writer at Sony Music, all while moonlighting as a session guitarist and singer/songwriter. In 1994 a songwriter who had written hits with R&B singer Joe requested JDs help with setting up his music publishing and completing his US and international royalty collection. Missing Link Music was born. Hundreds of hits later, Missing Link has grown to become one of the leading music publishing and copyright administration companies in the U.S.
As Senior A&R, Todd has successfully signed over 60 credited writers, producers, and artists to Missing Link’s roster and has acquired copyrights from artists such as J. Cole, Drake, Lil Wayne, Jill Scott, Flo-Rida, Anthony Hamilton, Robin Thicke, Ludacris, The Game, Fred Hammond, and Marvin Sapp among many others. He has placed music through various forms of media including feature films, television, and new media. Through his strong relationships with the copyright and royalty departments of all the major record labels, he ensures that all Mechanical licenses are properly handled and that all Missing Link clients receive their royalties through a proper pay through pipeline. His A&R and research techniques have been vital to the Business Affairs team when assessing catalog acquisition, quoting synchronization requests, and issuing vendors synchronization licenses. Through these efforts, he has built a plethora of relationships with major label A&R’s, artist managers, production managers, and music supervisors. Todd passionately enjoys both the creative aspects of A&R and the administrative duties involved in licensing which makes him an invaluable member of the Missing Link Music team. Todd says, “Music is the highest form of communication. If the music is true, people will listen.
Head of Royalties & International Affairs
Andres graduated from Berklee College of Music with a major in Contemporary Writing and Production, and from the University of Costa Rica as a Mechanical Engineer. While studying, he developed a passion for media: hosting his own radio show at the BIRN and interning for MTV News and The Deli Magazine in Brooklyn, NY. The combination of musical proficiency, logical thinking and good sense of communication makes Andres a great addition to the team. Andres continues to perform, write and teach music and leads the R&B/Fusion band Mostacho Xprmnt.
CWR/Database Developer/Royalties & Data Analyst
Jack graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a B.A. in Music Business. In College, Jack had the opportunity to work at ACM Records and EMI Music. Aside from Missing Link, He is also a successful Chinese fiddle musician with his band “The Hsu-Nami” touring all over Asia and North America the past 10 plus years. Jack also serves as the US Coordinator for the largest Taiwan festival in the US, “The Passport to Taiwan festival”. He is also the founder of a non-profit organization “Hello Taiwan USA”, brings popular Taiwanese musical acts to the United States. Jack is in charge of international registration and has successfully developed CWR (Common Works Registration) in correspondence with Missing Link’s house database from scratch using python. He also handles all royalty accounting, licensing, and day-to-day data analytics.
A&R Manager / Creative Lead / Licensing
Hailing from Bergen County, New Jersey, Max graduated from the Ramapo College of New Jersey with a Bachelors of Art in Music Performance. Max is a guitarist, songwriter, producer and manager that specializes in licensing and creative placements at MLM. On the weekends, Max is the tour manager for The Pousette-Dart Band, a 70’s legacy act that has previously toured with Little Feat, Yes, Peter Frampton and more. At Missing Link, Max handles client relations, artist placements, registrations and licensing, all while searching for upcoming talent.
A&R/Licensing & Creative Representative
Fiona Harte is a 23 year old Northern Irish singer-songwriter and recent graduate from the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) in 2016. Having worked extensively as a songwriter collaborating with countless Irish and English artists including Duke Special and Rachel Sage, Fiona handles A&R operations, new talent, licensing compositions and pro-actively pitches synchronization opportunities at missing link music. In her free time, she plans to release her debut EP in 2018.
Sapna Lal, esq. – Legal Counsel