Forum Music Studios in Borough Road has recruited new members to strengthen its board, which includes Laura Saunders-Jerrom and Steve Milbourne.
Ms. Saunders-Jerrom is a lawyer and partner at Hewitt’s, one of the largest law firms in the region, and Steve Milbourne is a music industry consultant who has worked in both labels and management for 20 years.
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Chairman Michael Bainbridge said: “We have exciting plans to expand and modernize our existing facilities to improve the overall experience for both artists and audiences.”
“We are also looking to introduce new activities and services to expand our existing offering as a grassroots live music and creative learning centre.”
Executive director Allison Mckay said: “The board plays a critical role in ensuring the forum exists for the benefit of our community.”
“Previous directors have made great contributions, but we have ambitious growth plans and a board with specific skills and experience in these areas will be a real help.”
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“We’re really excited to move forward.”
Forum Music Studios opened in 2011 and is a non-profit social enterprise. It is a 200-seat venue with plug-and-play rehearsal rooms and a digital recording studio.
Other new board members include Tori Gill and auditor Jack William McKay.
Plans to expand the venue include significant improvements to the building – such as building a carbon-neutral recording studio with a vibrant roof garden.
This would be a unique development in the area and would also include a new entrance and additional green space facilities.
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It is hoped this will further anchor Forum Music Studios in the heart of Darlington and the region.
A spokesman for the venue said the aim was to make it more accessible, attract more well-known artists and bands and future-proof the site for years to come.
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