About Us

The Forum Music Studios is a not for profit Community Benefit Society
Registered as a Mutual with the FCA

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. We 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 The Forum Music Studios


The Forum 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 and is guided by a strong social responsibility and purpose.

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 she and the founder of the Forum registered a Community Interest Company-Humantics, its purpose to save the Forum Music Centre in Darlington from closure. Allison and the dedicated team at the Forum have since developed it into a sustainable Social Enterprise and more recently the company has converted to a Community Benefit Society.
  • Kathleen Matthews – Volunteer Group Manager (Non Exec)
  • James Watson – Darlington Film Club (Non Exec)

The Forum Music Studios, is Asset Locked and 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 allison.mckay@forummusicstudios.co.uk