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  • Community Shares

  • Our Future Plans

  • Keep Me Updated

Community Shares


The Forum Music Studios are undertaking a share issue to raise capital to act as a trigger for investment to extend and upgrade existing facilities to improve artist, participant, & audience experience. To introduce new activities and services to enhance our existing offer as a grassroots live music and creative learning hub. Building upon the success of the Forum investment will secure our ability to continue in the advancement of creativity & culture within Darlington whilst positively impacting economic growth and the needs of a sustainable environment. Our ambition is to become a carbon net zero grassroots arts hub, giving residents & future generations pride of place as we become a leading example of eco-friendly sustainable music venue that invests in the local and national cultural creative community.

WHAT ARE COMMUNITY SHARES?

This is a community share issue, which is a much snappier name for what they are legally-speaking: ‘withdrawable shares in a co-operative society’.
Unlike shares in companies, you’ll not get a dividend nor are you able to sell them to someone else. Withdrawable shares work a lot more like a bank account, as you get your money back through withdrawing it from the society. However, the society can only give it back to you if we’re doing well as a business (we have to have sufficient trading surpluses and ready cash to enable it to give you your investment back in legal terms).

Either way, the best way to get your money back is to continue to support and crucially, persuade other people to support us too. That’s the real secret of community ownership – we make the rewards of our success something we can share with the people who matter the most to us.
Individuals over the age of 16, charities and other organisations may invest in this offer.

More information about our Community Shares offer will be released soon.

Future Plans


We’re excited to unveil our plans for the future of The Forum Music Studios, these include

  • New Entrance Block
  • Purpose Built Recording Studio
  • Dedicated Green Room facilities
  • New Toilet Block
  • Improved Kitchen Facilities
  • Dedicated Education Space
  • Maisonette for disabled seating

We are also on a mission to become a carbon neutral music venue so also plan on investing in solar panels, using eco friendly building materials and insulating our existing spaces.

We will soon be releasing building plans and more information to give you a better idea of what we are undertaking.

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This project has been kindly funded by Arts Council England 

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