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Poetry Out Loud: New Jersey Region 3 winners crowned at the Basie Center

  (RED BANK – FEBRUARY 14, 2019) Poetry Out Loud, the national recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, crowned its New Jersey – Region 3 winners at the Basie Center on Tuesday, February 5. Nathan Magno of Toms River, a student at Ocean County Vocational Technical School […]

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Count Basie Center announces annual Arts Impact scholarship opportunities

RED BANK – The Count Basie Center for the Arts has announced the availability of its annual Arts Impact scholarships available to Monmouth County high school seniors graduating in 2019. The Basie will proudly offer four scholarships: the Moser Taboada Arts Impact Scholarship, Steven and Jaime Schultz Arts Impact Scholarship, the Siciliano Landscape Company Arts […]

A message from the Basie Center to those affected by the government shutdown

  The Count Basie Center recognizes the importance of the arts in relieving stress and helping those facing adversity. We also understand the hardships being faced by our area’s furloughed government workers and their families. For those affected, we are pleased to offer a limited number of free tickets to the shows below. Tickets are […]

HOPE 10 – The Final HOPE Concert raises nearly $225k for local charities

  POAC Autism Services and the Parker Family Health Center were this year’s beneficiaries (RED BANK – JAN 18) The tenth and final HOPE concert, the renowned charity concert series helmed by musician Bobby Bandiera, ended on a high note December 23 at the Count Basie Center for the Arts, raising $112,000 each for POAC […]


Gallery: HOPE 10

  Photos from HOPE 10 – THE FINAL HOPE CONCERT on December 23, 2018 at Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at the Count Basie Center for the Arts (Photos by Amanda Stevens)

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Count Basie Center announces free performance in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  (RED BANK – JAN 4) The Count Basie Center for the Arts has announced a free community presentation of actor Damien Sneed’s multimedia performance, We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on January 17th at 7:30pm at the Basie Center’s Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre. Free tickets can be acquired by […]

Basie Awards

Evaluations begin for 14th annual Basie Awards, presented by Bank of America

  (RED BANK – NOV 2) Fall high school theater productions have started throughout Monmouth County, and that can mean just one thing: The 14th Annual Basie Awards can’t be too far behind. This year’s Basie Awards program and ceremony, presented by Bank of America, is slated for May 22, 2019 at the historic theater. […]

GALLERY: Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre Unveiling

  (RED BANK | OCTOBER 26) The Count Basie Center for the Arts and Hackensack Meridian Health unveiled the Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre, the new name for the historic venue housed on the Center’s growing campus.  

Announcing the Count Basie Center for the Arts Teen + College Film Fest

  Competition and onsite festival will locate and showcase the Garden State’s best student filmmakers – at home and out-of-state (RED BANK – OCT 15) The Count Basie Center for the Arts today announced the first-ever Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Fest, with the mission to locate, showcase and recognize student filmmakers from […]