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Venue Contract

Studio688 at 688 S. Cox, Memphis, TN 38104

Studio688 is a non-smoking environment available for rental during requested and approved hours. The studio’s maximum capacity is 100 people. Studio688 agrees to provide its studio area, kitchen area, restroom, and parking lot for the duration of this rental.

A refundable security deposit of $50 will be taken in order to hold the space. The deposit will be held until after the event and returned after inspection of the studio. The rental fee is due at least 3 days before the event is scheduled. The studio will accept American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Venmo (@EmilyMeeks688), or CashApp (EmilyStudio688). Checks are made payable to Studio688.

Catering is allowed and if alcohol is served, a licensed bartender or other certified and trained person must be provided by Renter. Underage drinking is not permitted and is the responsibility of the renter. Also, any illegal substance use is strictly prohibited.

All events must be over and cleaned up by the time stated in the agreement. All persons must be out of the building at this time. In the event the Renter should need the studio past the stated time, prior approval is required, and an additional fee will be applied. If prior approval has not been granted and anyone remains in the building after the stated time for any reason, an additional fee of $50 per hour will be applied. The studio is available outside regular business hours, including for set up and clean up, for an additional charge. Hours are subject to change, especially during holiday seasons. 

Responsibility: The conduct of all participants and spectators while at Studio688 shall be the responsibility of the Renter. Renter also accepts all responsibility for any injury to person(s) or property, or loss of or damage to property or theft of personal property or artwork at Studio688 during the rental period or resulting therefrom. Studio688 retains the right to evict objectionable persons from the premises or to call for security/police help if deemed necessary. Violations may result in denial of future reservation requests and assessment of the costs related to the eviction.

Renter agrees to provide a certificate for one million dollars worth of liability insurance to cover any injury, loss or damages caused by the negligence of Renter for the duration of the rental agreement. This certificate must list as additional insured: Studio688, 688 S. Cox, Memphis, TN 38104, Jake Meeks, Daurie A. Schwartz and Susan K. Schwartz, and must be secured prior to the start date of the rental agreement. A certificate of insurance shall be provided to Studio688 at least three business days before the day of the event. Event day insurance may be available through,, or renter’s insurance broker or agent.

Indemnity: Renters shall release, indemnify, keep and save harmless Studio688 its agents, officers, employees, or members from any and all responsibility or liability for any and all damages or injury of any kind or nature whatever (including death) to all persons, whether agents or employees of the Renter or persons attending the events for which the premises have been leased, and to all property damage proximately caused by, incident to, resulting from, arising out of, occurring in connection with, the use by the Renter of the premises. The provisions of this section shall include any and all losses, damages, injuries, settlements, judgments, decrees, awards, fines, penalties, claims, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees.

Security Deposit. The $50 Security Deposit is due at the time of the completion of this Contract. The Security Deposit will be returned to the Renter upon satisfactory inspection of the rented facility after use.  Portions of the deposit may be retained to compensate for any damages or additional clean up costs attributable to the Renter.

Rental fee is due in full to Studio688 at least 3 days before scheduled event. If total balance is not paid at that time, deposit will be held and event will be canceled.

Cancellation / Refund. Should you choose to cancel your event, the security deposit fee is non-refundable. However, you may transfer to an alternate date within one year if desired. Cancellations or change of date must be at least 24 hours in advance.

Returned Checks. There will be a $60 fee for any returned check.

Set-Up. Access to the facilities for setting up, including Caterers set-up, will be during the hours stated on this rental agreement or as agreed to in advance. Renter is responsible for all set-up and breakdown. Studio688 may request a  written schedule for set up, event, and clean up if deemed necessary.

Clean-Up. The premises must be left in the condition in which they were found at the beginning of the rental period and will be approved by a Studio688 Representative. All food, beverages, equipment and rented supplies must be removed from the premises immediately after each use of the facilities, unless special considerations are made. Any catering areas used must be cleaned and left in the condition in which they were found. All trash must be removed from the building. All floors must be swept and/or vacuumed after use of space. Renter must immediately take care of any spillage. If Renter is unable to adequately clean the premises after use, Studio688 retains the right to have the area professionally cleaned at the Renter’s expense.

Use of Studio. Fire extinguishers are placed by the main door, upstairs and back door. Renter and all vendors are required to have knowledge of use. Amplified music must be maintained at a reasonable volume and is only allowed inside the building. No smoking is allowed inside the building or on the front deck. Smoking is only allowed in the paved area on the north side of the building and in the front of the building close to the road. No pets of any kind are allowed in Studio688. Service dogs are excluded. All service animals inside the building must be wearing their official service vest at all times.

Use of Sound and/or Stage Lighting. Renter will be required to use Studio688’s approved sound & light engineers if Renter will be using Studio688’s sound & lighting equipment. Renters may use their own DJ with their own equipment at the studio. If Studio688’s sound and/or lighting equipment are used without permission, there will be a $250 charge to the Renter.

All rental items and vendor equipment must be removed at the end of the event unless other arrangements have been made, in writing, with Studio688. Renter will be given one set of keys to the building at 688 S. Cox and is responsible for the return of the keys to Studio688 upon completion of the event. Loss of or failure to return the keys will result in a replacement fee of $150.

Any damage to facilities or artwork during the rental period, or upon delivery/pick-up/clean-up or resulting from any Caterer’s action will be the responsibility of the Renter. This includes but is not limited to damage to the walls, floors, fixtures, stereo, artwork etc.

The Renter agrees to rent Studio688 during the stated dates and times, in accordance with the terms of this rental contract. The space will be available to the renter during the times stated on the face of this contract only; therefore, Renter should include sufficient time for set up and cleanup. Rental fees are based on a block of time and are inclusive of the set up and clean up time.

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Dates and times requested for use of the Studio688 facilities:

By signing this request for rental facilities, the signee agrees to comply with the terms of this agreement. Studio688 agrees to let the requestor know as soon as possible if their request has been granted and will then agree to make the studio available to the requesting group at the time stated.

By signing this Rental Contract, the Renter acknowledges having read and understood the terms of this contract and acknowledges that this Rental Contract is binding both on the parties and the organizations they represent.

Will your use of the facility require concessions/catering?
Will you be providing your own prepared food?
Will there be alcohol provided or consumed at the facility?
Will you be using the sound equipment?
Will you be using the stage lighting equipment?
(stage lighting an additional $100 charge)