BeatboxThe local community has been hit particularly hard by the devastating earthquakes over the last two years with live performance venues, clubs and pubs destroyed, equipment and gear trapped inside condemned buildings, recording studios and rehearsal spaces demolished.

Since the September 2010 and February & June 2011 quakes many of central city upper floor spaces and storage units that people used to perfect and hone their craft have been lost. An important voice and vital form of expression, part of what makes Christchurch unique, is missing.

Prior to September 2010 there has always been demand for a dedicated band rehearsal space for the public and over 95% of people surveyed support the creation of a multi-room rehearsal facility and music community hub (Online Survey undertaken by CHART, Nov/Dec 2011).







Beatbox birdseye view


-    Studio A + B (5m x 5m) and Studio C (8m x 5m) are self-contained, base isolated, soundproofed rooms equipped with professional audio systems.

-    Additional back-line available to hire.

-    Highly specified, yet modular and scalable, with an attractive modern design aesthetic.

-    Rehearsal, production, education & tuition spaces during the day right through into late evenings.

-    Youth internships and work experience opportunities.

-    Ideal for workshops, seminars, events

-    Potential future community hub for music resources and collaboration opportunities.

-    Affordable and accessible, within the central city.

-    Co-location with other businesses/offices/public areas

-    Cost efficiencies and economies of scale as part of a larger ‘BOXed Quarter’ creative development

-    Part of a development that will be a strong factor in revitalising the arts in central Christchurch.

-    Widespread support from the local, national and international music community enabling sponsored product and various in-kind support.

-    Cutting edge design with world class acoustic research and treatment making BeatBox truly unique in New Zealand.


Key earthquake recovery bodies have recognised BEATBOX as one of the essential central city projects being listed in the Transitional City Plan with the CCC Mayoral Fund providing a $80,000 start-up grant as a priority arts project (along with The Court Theatre, Music Centre and Artbox). The principal project funders to date are the Christchurch City Council.
CCC Mayoral Fund
CEAT UK Earthquake Recovery Fund
Todd Foundation
The Vodafone Foundation
Canterbury Community Trust
Lion Foundation
Creative Industries Fund
Fulton Hogan
Billy Bragg Benefit Concert
SCF Fund
Creative New Zealand - Hearts Strings
Creative New Zealand
Recorded Music NZ
Pub Charities NZ
Mainland Foundation
New Zealand Music Commission


CCCStep Up 4 Chch NZMC
Mainland FoundationVodafone NZ Foundation    APRA Logo Todd Foundation
 Billy Bragg logo  Creative NZ   Musicworks   Pub CharityRecorded Music

 General Cable    James Hardie Melray Electric Schneider Electric

    Resene Paint   Gib      Deflux Design      Phantom      F3     Daikin

Christchurch Earthquake Mayoral Relief Fund
Step Up 4 Christchurch
The Lion Foundation
NZ Music Commission

Billy Bragg
Fulton Hogan
Canterbury Community Trust
Todd Foundation
Mainland Foundation

Vodafone Foundation Canterbury Fund

Recorded Music NZ
Creative New Zealand
Pub Charity NZ
General Cable
James Hardie
Melray Electric
Schneider Electric
Resene Paints
Deflux Design
Phantom Billstickers
F3 Design

and all those who have bought the 'Love Christchurch' CD

and the following supporters

Art Box –
Arts Voice –
Canterbury Development Corporation -
CCC Mayoral Fund
CCC Transitional City Plan -
CCDU – Christchurch Central Development Unit –
CCT Canterbury Community Trust -
CERA – Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority –
CPIT Creative Industries -
CPIT Jazz School -
CreativeCommunities -
Creative New Zealand –
Croft Print –
Daikin -
Deflux Design –
F3 Design –
Fulton Hogan -
General Cable NZ –
James Hardie –
Mainland Foundation -
Maton Guitars –
Melray Electric –
Music Education Canterbury -
Musicworks –
Native Tongue Music Publishing –
NZ Music Commission –
Nicky Wagner (MP) -
Phantom Billstickers -
Play It Strange –
Pub Charity NZ –
RDU 98.5FM -
Recorded Music NZ –
Resene Paints –
Schneider Electric -
Todd Foundation -
UK Christchurch Earthquake Appeal –
Vision College -
Vodafone Foundation Canterbury Fund –
White Elephant Trust -


Beat Box



CHART - The Christchurch Music Industry Trust is music industry representative body for contemporary popular music in Christchurch. With dedicated staff and an advisory board made up of passionate local music advocates with extensive industry experience, CHART acts as a support and advice network for the Christchurch music industry. CHART is a trust that receives annual grants, donations and project sponsorship. CHART plans to operate the Beat Box facility as a not-for-profit business, with high levels of efficiency to ensure the facility is affordable and accessible to the music community of Christchurch as well as nationwide visitors to the city.

F3 Design - F3 Design is a family run, Aotearoa based company with unlimited talent

Ruamoko Solutions - Ruamoko Solutions specialize in delivering structural design solutions to mitigate the devastation to buildings that can occur as a result of major earthquakes, as well as provide a quality structural engineering service for mainstream projects

TRH Group - TRH Group is a specialist project development firm based out of Christchurch, New Zealand. TRH Group takes projects from conception to realization with the aim of achieving the client’s end goal at the minimum of cost

Can Christchurch be revitalised?, The Listener  - Thurs 14 June, 2012
New music hub on the cards for Christchurch, -  9th August, 2012
Lindon Puffin v Billy Bragg, NZMusician - August/Sept, 2012
Planning Christchurch's new Beat Box, NZMusician - August/Sept, 2012
Thinking Outside the square, - Fri 7 September, 2012
Funding for pop-up Christchurch cultural space, - Weds 20 November, 2013
New Christchurch arts venues, - Weds 20 November, 2013
Boxed Quarter to add spaces, - Weds 20 November, 2013
Artists Returning, Otago Daily Times - Thurs 21 November, 2013
Beats Of A New Box, The Press -  Friday 9 May, 2014
Morning Report, Radio New Zealand, Friday 26 September, 2014


Ph: +64 21 0843 0104

CHART Office, c/o PO Box 1915, Christchurch, 8140