About Us

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

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JD Dallam
President

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.

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Pamela Keating
Office Manager

Pamela is currently leading the database team at Missing Link Music, registering works domestically and internationally, as well as licensing works for television and film. Prior to receiving her Bachelors in Music Business from Lebanon Valley College, she mastered various roles in the student run entity VALE Music Group, LLC. She served as Vice President and Publishing Head, booking an artist performance and interview on Good Day, PA, and creating international publishing agreements for Brazilian songwriters. Her interest in music from a young age shaped the path to her current position at Missing Link. She enjoys singing, playing piano, and pursuing various musicology projects at her leisure.

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Richard Teratani
Assistant Manager/Data & Royalty Team

Richard Teratani is a member of the database team at Missing Link Music, registering works domestically and internationally while also establishing and maintaining client relations with songwriters and major record labels including Sony, Warner, and Universal. He graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, concentrations in Management Information Systems and Marketing, and a minor in Global Studies. Richard began studying music theory at age 5, and has since developed his skills as a pianist and drummer. Richard also ventures into the fashion industry as a stylist, designer, and vendor. He is most passionate about the ever-evolving world of arts and entertainment. Richard intends to make his mark on the business and contribute to the growth and evolution of Missing Link Music.

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Martin Aquije
Royalty and Data Analyst Intern

Martin Aquije, whose hometown is Lima, Peru, joined the team with the excitement to learn the ins and outs of the music publishing industry. A graduate from Carnegie Mellon University in Economics and Statistics, he has a knack for numbers and data as he usually strives to deploy his analytical skills whenever is needed. Throughout his stay at Missing Link, he enjoys avidly picking up on the registration and licensing of works while creating new internal systems to help out his team. He is a prospective vocalist given his passion to create and perform music on his own and alongside others!

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Kaitlyn Sugarman
Assistant Manager/A&R Team

Kaitlyn Sugarman grew up in Newtown, Connecticut where her love for the music realm was rooted alongside poetry, a piano and a guitar. That grew to the University of Rhode Island where she graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor in Arts & Sciences. Kaitlyn involved herself with the campus radio station, the student entertainment committee and later landed an artist manager position in New York City, where she currently resides. Kaitlyn is constantly pushing to immerse herself in the evolving mechanics of the music business and she brings this passion to Missing Link Music. She craves connections with driven professionals like herself as she hunts for talent, executes licenses, fights for client copyrights and assists company branding.

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Victoria Romano
A&R Coordinator

Growing up in New Jersey, Victoria Romano was inspired by the music she heard from her grandmother and mother, who were singers. This drove her to pursue her own career in music as a member of the musical group Capricorn. As a graduate of The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, Victoria continues to immerse herself in the music industry by finding a home at Missing Link. Victoria’s passion and experience as a singer/songwriter proves valuable when identifying new talent for the A&R team. She aspires to give caring support and guidance to the talented roster at Missing Link Music Publishing.

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Lauren Jefferson
A&R Coordinator

Lauren Jefferson grew up as the friend “always listening to bands no one’s heard of—yet.” She studied piano throughout grade school and has dabbled in most other instruments. However, an obsession for weather and news sent Lauren to Rutgers University. She received her Bachelor’s in Journalism and Media Studies with Meteorology minor, but more importantly she met college radio. As a music director and on-air DJ/host, Lauren developed a passion for independent music and emergent scenes. Combine that with early memories of listening to records with Dad, and it’s no surprise that Lauren spent nearly a decade working in two legendary record stores: Vintage Vinyl in NJ and Turntable Lab in NYC. She has also done work relating to social media, marketing, live music, publicity, and blogging. Lauren is excited to bring her versatility, drive, and genuine passion for music to the Missing Link Music team and roster.

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