The Forum is a not for profit social enterprise owned by Humantics CIC

There will always be, and has always been a need for culture and music in our lives, it enriches us all in so many ways, many ways of which we are not even aware of. Humantics CIC recognises the need for facilities such as the Forum within communities. A platform where new talent can develop and excel, where hobbies and livelihoods can evolve and most importantly where all genres of people, regardless of age, race, and academic background, can learn, socialise, partake or simply enjoy Music and the Arts – Allison Mckay, CEO of Humantics CIC


Humantics is a social enterprise that aims to provide trusted environments with strong infrastructure and a vibrant atmosphere where people will be inspired and encouraged to engage with music and the arts through participation in a range of social, education, enterprise or entertainment activities. It operates a sustainable business model based on the provision of services, activities and events. As a Social Enterprise it is guided by a strong social responsibility and purpose.

Humantics CIC is a social enterprise that took over the management and ownership of The Forum Music Centre in January 2011. It is governed by a Board of Directors;

  • Allison Mckay, Chief Executive – After moving from the North at a young age Allison gained employment within a chain of Salons in central London and was promoted to Artistic Director before she reached 30yrs of age. The next decade saw Allison work around the World in artistic direction and presenting for major advertising campaigns in TV and media.In 2008 Humantics was registered as a CIC, its purpose to save the Forum Music Centre in Darlington from closure. As CEO, Allison has developed the Forum into a sustainable Social Enterprise which has a significant and positive impact within its community.
  • Kathleen Matthews – Volunteer Group Manager (Non Exec)
  • James Watson – Darlington Film Club (Non Exec)

Humantics is a Community Interest Company, which is Asset Locked and Limited by Guarantee (not shareholder) any surpluses are re-invested into enhancing and further developing the services it offers for the local and cultural community.

The Forum events are scheduled by a team of volunteers and music enthusiasts. Profits from ticket sales are reinvested directly back into scheduling more live music and cultural events. We are always keen for people to join this team to assist in developing a vibrant event schedule. Contact