Be Part of it
The Globe is the first music venue in the UK to be owned by a cooperative. It was bought by Jazz.Coop in 2014 after a community share issue. More than 200 people have invested and we want more to join.
What We Do
Jazz.Coop aims to develop a wider appreciation of jazz and more opportunities for jazz musicians.
We support live jazz and related music and the arts in various ways.
We own the Globe bar and music venue in Newcastle which hosts a wide range of gigs and various music and dance workshops and courses. The Globe is also available for rehearsals and jam sessions.
We welcome approaches from independent music and arts promoters wanting to use the Globe.
We arrange and promote gigs at other venues too.
We also run monthly jazz education workshops at Sage Gateshead.
We are well networked with arts and community organisations at local, regional and national levels and are always happy to discuss opportunities for co-operation.
How we do it
Jazz.Coop is a cooperative. It is owned and democratically controlled by its members.
Any person (or organisation) that agrees with our objectives may apply to buy shares and become a member.
We’ve got over 200 members, who elect a board of directors to manage the business. The directors are volunteers and do not get paid a salary.
There are also several working groups of volunteers set up to do specific tasks such as programming, promotion, hospitality, maintenance and finance.
We employ a manager to take care of the day-to-day running of The Globe.
- Continue the commitment to live jazz, poetry, dance and related arts established by the Newcastle Jazz Cafe in Pink Lane from 1991 to 2012.
- Support the rehearsal, performance, promotion and development of jazz, poetry, dance and related arts.
- Support relevant education and training.
- Provide services and facilities for appropriate use by members and the community.
- Manage venues to help to deliver these objectives.
You can download the full rules of Pink Lane Jazz Co-op Ltd here.
Jazz.Coop is managed by a board of directors elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. The current board of directors comprises:
- Tom Adams
- Nick Ball
- Derek Heather
- Sheila Herrick
- Michael Howard (secretary)
- Harry Husaini
- Debra Milne (co-chair)
- David Parker (co-chair)
- Joan Parker (treasurer)
- Kevin Wright
Cooperatives are not new – they’ve been established part of the UK economy for well over 150 years. And they are not rare – there are more than 1 billion members of co-operatives worldwide.
Cooperatives are businesses that they are owned and run by the members – the people who benefit from the cooperative’s services. Although they carry out all kinds of business, and there different legal models, all cooperative have core things in common.
The following is the internationally agreed statement of cooperative identity, values and principles. It’s not snappy prose but it’s a form of words that is understood by cooperatives in countries across the globe from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.
Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.
The co-operative principles are guidelines by which co-operatives put their values into practice.
1. Voluntary and Open Membership
Co-operatives are voluntary organisations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
2. Democratic Member Control
Co-operatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organised in a democratic manner.
3. Member Economic Participation
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
4. Autonomy and Independence
Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organisations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organisations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.
5. Education, Training and Information
Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public – particularly young people and opinion leaders – about the nature and benefits of co-operation.
6. Co-operation among Co-operatives
Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
7. Concern for Community
Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.
Join the Coop
Membership is open to any person (or organisation) that supports the objectives of the cooperative. To become a member you must complete an application form and buy shares. Shares cost £1 each. The minimum shareholding is 200 and the maximum is 20,000. You can complete this form, or alternatively download this pdf version of the form, print it out and post it to us. You may buy shares in instalments if you wish.
- The story of Jazz.Coop begins on 14 January 2013 … at a funeral.
- The extraordinary funeral of Keith Crombie (1939-2012), a much loved eccentric known as The Jazz Man because he set up and ran the jazz cafe for over 20 years.
- This unique venue nurtured creativity and was appreciated by both customers and performers.
At Keith’s wake a number of people said we mustn’t allow what Keith had started to die with him, and some talked of setting up a coop. The next day a page was posted on Facebook and the idea took off.
- 21 January 2013 First meeting of founder coop members agreed objectives
5 March 2013 Pink Lane Jazz Co-op Ltd registered as a co-operative society
13 April 2013 over 130 people attend coop’s launch gig at Black Swan
- 18 June 2013 First general meeting of Pink Lane Jazz Co-op Ltd
17 July 2013 Coop arranges big band and quintet for major event at Discovery Museum celebrating 150th anniversary of The Co-operative Group
- 7 September 2013 Learning programme starts with monthly Play Jazz! monthly workshops.
Coop arranges regular jazz gigs at various venues in city centre.
- 7 January 2014 General meeting passes resolution to issue shares to raise investment to buy the Globe
13 February 2014 Community share issue starts
- 30 April 2014 Purchase of the Globe completed
9 May 2014 Reception party for members at the Globe
- 21 June 2014 Local MP Chi Onwurah visits the Globe to promote Co-operatives Fortnight
- 15 July 2014 First AGM of Pink Lane Jazz Co-op approves proposal to change name to Jazz.Coop
18 July 2014 First public jazz event at the Globe
- 4 October 2014 Jazz Bar on first floor of the Globe opens
- Top local, national and international jazz musicians play at the Globe throughout 2015, 2016, 2017 …
- 1 September 2016 Jazz.Coop starts managing the whole of The Globe and appoints its first employee, Hollie Stinson