FastTrack, the global technical alliance among 12 copyright societies, celebrated its 10th anniversary on September 24, 2010. The organization was founded in 2000 in order to build a global, decentralized network that allows its Shareholder societies to share data on copyright documentation for musical and audio-visual works, and to streamline internal operations.
“Just 10 years ago, FastTrack was born as a project for collaboration and efficiency in 21st century international copyright administration,” said BMI President & CEO Del Bryant, who also serves as FastTrack Chairman. “The vision was to use a global network architecture to bring together resources that would accelerate and streamline the exchange of music copyright information among societies.
“Today, that vision has been fulfilled, and continues to evolve beyond the most ambitious plans we had at FastTrack’s founding. Let me offer my thanks and congratulations to the FastTrack management team in Paris and all of the developers, to the Board and to the thousands of society staff members who make the promise of FastTrack a reality every day. It has indeed become one of the most important tools we have to serve our members in the digital age!”
The inaugural meeting of the FastTrack Board of Directors took place in Santiago, Chile in September of 2000. Pictured above at that meeting are Board and Executive Committee members SACEM President Jean Loup Tournier, SGAE GM Enrique Loras, SACEM Sr. VP Claude Gaillard, SGAE CEO Eduardo Bautista, BMI President/CEO Frances W. Preston, SIAE Commissioner Professor Mauro Masi, FastTrack Director General Chris van Houten, GEMA President Professor Dr. Reinhold Kreile, GEMA Deputy Managing Director Professor Jurnen Becker, and BMI Senior Vice President Bob Barone.