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Company History

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.

The Team


JD Dallam

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 JD’s 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.


Ankit Somani
Royalty and Data Analyst

Ankit Somani graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a concentration in audio & music production. Shortly thereafter, the Jersey native began his career in the industry with a top-tier commercial agency, JSM Music. Throughout the years, Ankit also worked within his township alongside the Franklin High School Marching Band in Somerset, NJ, as a percussion arranger, mainly composing and conducting the drumline. Today, Ankit has become a part of the Missing Link family as a Royalty & Data Analyst, as well as lending a helping hand to all sectors of the company.


Jack Hsu
Senior Database Manager

Jack spearheaded an initiative to streamline the process of bulk work registration. This entailed the development of a proprietary Python script which allowed for the efficient conversion of data previously stored within a the company internal database system to Common Work Registration (“CWR”), which is an universal data format accepted by royalty collection societies and music publishers all over the world. His development of CWR made work registration more efficient and boosted revenue stream drastically which contribute to Missing Link Music success being on the list of top 100 NMPA publishers in the United States.


Zach Matari
A&R Manager/Social Media Guru

Zach Matari is a singer/songwriter/musician from Montville New Jersey. He recently graduated from William Paterson University with a BA in Popular Music and a Music Management Minor in 2017. For the past 10 years Zach has been a true independent/DIY musician who has pushed himself to learn all aspects of the music business. He has toured around the country in over 100 different cities, signed singles in markets around the world and has won two John Lennon Songwriting Contests for Best R&B Song and Best Love Song. Joining the Missing Link Music power house, he brings his passion with him to the A&R team in search of new talent, new songs and proactively searching for sync opportunities.


Max Zettler
Senior Licensing Coordinator/Creative

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.


Fiona Harte
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

Sapna Lal, esq. – Legal Counsel

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