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


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.


Pamela Keating
Lead Royalty & Data Analyst

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.


Lyanna Yang
Royalty & Data Analyst

Lyanna, hailing from Bloomington, Indiana, and a recent graduate from of Indiana University Bloomington with a MA in Statistics and a BA in Finance, is very excited to be a part of the database team at Missing Link Music. She is responsible for maintaining and upgrading the internal company database to ensure the integrity and consistency of data for music business and Common Work Registration (“CWR”), a universal data format accepted by royalty collection societies and music publishers worldwide. She also applies her technology and data analytic skills to track, diagnose, and provide insights to support decision making at Missing Link. Lyanna loves different genres of music especially Jazz, Rock, Classical and enjoys singing, playing piano, and traveling in her spare time.


Richard Teratani
Royalty & Data Analyst

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.


Edward Wilkins, Jr.
A&R Coordinator

Edward is a songwriter/producer from Cleveland, Ohio. A graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology, he completed his BA in Music and Technology with a minor in Visual Arts and Technology. Outside of Missing Link Music, Edward is an avid performer with a passion for Hip-Hop and R&B. This has brought him thrilling opportunities such as opening for acts like T-Pain and Anna Wise, and performances at notable NYC venues such as the Bowery Electric and the Knitting Factory. Edward is excited to be a part of the Missing Link Music A&R team and to be immersed in the world of music in search of new talent.


Kaitlyn Sugarman
A&R Coordinator/Social Media

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.


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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