Basie Center announces recipients of annual Pat DiNizio Music Performance Scholarships

  (RED BANK – DEC 23) The Count Basie Center for the Arts today announced the recipients of this year’s Pat DiNizio Musical Performance Scholarships. Alejandra Morales, 15, of Bayville and Gabriel McGivern-Jiminez, 16, of Wall, were selected from dozens of applicants for this year’s awards. Each will receive $500 towards programs as part of […]

In a first, Count Basie Center can accept cryotpcurrency donations

  Gifts of Bitcoin, Ether and other cryptocurrencies now accepted as part of the Basie Recovery Fund (OCT. 22 2020 | RED BANK) As it attempts to emerge from a 7+ month closure due to the global pandemic,  the historic Count Basie Center for the Arts announced today it has become one of the first […]

New Count Basie Center Gospel Choir announces auditions

  RED BANK – The nonprofit Count Basie Center for the Arts has set virtual audition dates for the new Count Basie Center Gospel Choir. Virtual auditions for voices in all vocal categories – soprano, alto, tenor and bass – will be held between 10AM – 2PM on Saturday Dec. 12 and Saturday, December 19. […]

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Count Basie Center for the Arts unveils The Vogel

  New, state-of-the-art performance venue opens in October with social distancing and safety measures in place; performance announcements kicking off shortly (SEPT. 29 | RED BANK) The Count Basie Center for the Arts today unveiled its long-awaited second performance venue: The Vogel. With Governor Murphy’s decree that indoor venues may open to limited capacities – […]

GALLERY: Introducing The Vogel

  The Count Basie Center for the Arts has unveiled its long-awaited second performance venue: The Vogel. Here’s a sneak-peek at The Vogel, which will start safe, socially-distanced indoor concerts in October:

Jeremy Grunin named Chairman, Count Basie Center Board Of Trustees

  Philanthropist and Grunin Foundation president has served on the Basie Center board since 2015 (SEPT. 17 | RED BANK) The Count Basie Center for the Arts, the not-for-profit performing arts center with a mission to “Inspire, Educate and Entertain,” announced today that Jeremy Grunin has accepted the role of Chairman of its Board of […]

Kevin Hart original dates changing; new performances added by popular demand

(RED BANK / OCEANPORT | AUG 31 2020) Due to an unforeseen conflict, KEVIN HART’s performances at the Blu Grotto at Monmouth Park are changing dates: Thursday, September 3rd’s 6:30pm performance will now take place on Monday, September 7 (Labor Day) with a 7pm showtime** Thursday, September 3rd’s 9:30pm performance will now take place on […]

Basie Center sets golf, tennis outing fundraiser for Sept. 29

  The Count Basie Center for the Arts is adding a new twist to its annual golf outing in September: tennis! The Basie’s annual golf (and tennis!) outing takes place Tuesday, September 29 at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club, 20 Shore Oaks Drive in Farmingdale. This year’s outing features morning and afternoon shotguns, with […]

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The Crooner Meets The Piano Man: Online concert to benefit the nonprofit Basie Center

  (RED BANK MAY 29, 2020) – “The Crooner Meets The Piano Man,”  an online concert to take place Tuesday, June 2nd at 8pm on theBASIE.org and www.facebook.com/basiecenter, will benefit the nonprofit Count Basie Center for the Arts. Starring Michael Martocci, whose Memories Of Frank Sinatra birthday performances have dazzled Basie Center audiences, the broadcast […]

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Basie Academy students to celebrate neighbor nonprofit Lunch Break

  Students from the Count Basie Center Academy‘s schools of music and performing arts will join forces on Friday for an online concert to raise awareness for Lunch Break, the Red Bank not-for-profit with a mission to provide life’s basic necessities of food, clothing, life skills and fellowship to financially insecure individuals and families in […]


Basie CEO on CNBC: Survival does not look great for us, or the arts sector

  Count Basie Center for the Arts President and CEO Adam Philipson appeared on CNBC’s “Power Lunch” broadcast Tuesday, warning host Tyler Mathisen that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will reap devastating losses for the arts without government assistance. “Survival does not look great for us — in fact, it doesn’t look great for […]

The Count Basie Center for the Arts Needs Your Help

  Today, the Count Basie Center for the Arts joins forces with more than 1,000 independent venues as members of the new National Independent Venue Association. As both an independent and not-for-profit organization, the Count Basie Center for the Arts relies on support from the public and our legislators to help continue our mission to […]

The Basie’s #OptimismProject: Messages of hope from our historic marquee

  “Now Showing: A dose of optimism.” So rang a recent headline on NJ.com, describing the intent of the Count Basie Center for the Arts of using its marquee – a shining beacon on an otherwise empty, socially distanced Monmouth Street in Red Bank – to spread words of hope and expressions of thanks during […]

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Basie Center partners Poetry Out Loud offer downtime, National Poetry Month tips

Poetry Out Loud, the national recitation competition supported regionally by the Count Basie Center Academy since 2015, has made a series of online resources available to celebrate words and verses. Released in early April to kick off National Poetry Month, the resources recognize the world’s pivot to distance learning. For example, 30 Ways to Celebrate […]

Basie Center Conservatory to offer free “Science Of Sound” web session this Saturday

The Count Basie Center Conservatory will present a free, online web program Saturday on the magic of making noise. “The Science Of Sound” is a free, hour-long web session for students interested in learning about vibrations, sound waves, pitch and frequency. Advance registration is required, along with access to a phone, desktop, laptop or tablet […]

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Winners announced for the 2020 Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Fest

  (RED BANK – APRIL 6, 2020) Winners were announced today in the 2020 Count Basie Teen + College Film Fest, following a weeks’ worth of public screenings and ‘Audience Choice’ voting in the competition’s pivot online following social distancing guidelines in light of the COVID-19 crisis. More than 6,200 viewers watched this year’s selections. […]

Basie Center announces ‘ARTS MADNESS’ tournament for ‘Jersey talent

  The Count Basie Center for the Arts, New Jersey’s leading nonprofit performing arts center, is turning downtime into gametime: It’s ARTS MADNESS. Beginning today, the Basie’s three-week ‘tournament’ sill solicit one-minute videos from musicians, local bands, dancers, actors, comedians, musical theatre performers and all others aged 10-25. 32 of the best videos will be […]

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A Message From Our CEO + A Plea to Support The Arts

  Dear Patrons, During this incredibly difficult moment in our history, we are thankful to have you as part of the Basie family. I am writing to you to give an update on what is happening at the Count Basie Center for the Arts. Currently, the historic theater is dark, and performances are postponed until […]

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Staying sharp: Virtual lessons keep Basie Center Conservatory students on key

  It’s not just K-12 classrooms adjusting to virtual learning this week. At the Count Basie Center’s Conservatory, music lessons have gone interactive, with instructors offering an array of lessons to students via conference call sites, private meeting software – anything to keep performances sharp. Quoting the violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz, Conservatory director Dr. Lucy […]

A Message from the Count Basie Center for the Arts

The health and well-being of patrons, artists, and staff is our top priority. To that end, the Count Basie Center for the Arts has heightened its rigorous cleaning and sanitation procedures facility-wide. We are working with health agencies for information and guidance, and at this time, we are continuing to stress the importance of preventative […]

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Basie Center Education Update: Tom Petty and college prep!

  (March 9, 2020) Students this week at the Count Basie Center Academy of the Arts spent time running down their dreams: Strike the Right Chord for College The Basie Academy School of Music had a fantastic turn out of students and parents at its “Strike the Right Chord for College” workshop.  Students with a […]

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Basie Center Education Update: NJSYO Competition, February Recitals + more!

  (March 1, 2020) Winter at the Academy of the Arts continues, with two of our Conservatory students making a huge splash at the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra’s 3rd annual Concerto Competition, February recitals,  participation in the Tri-District Music Festival and more! New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra’s 3rd annual Concerto Competition Congratulations to Conservatory […]