Press release from Count Basie Theatre

When the red carpet is rolled out for the 11th annual Basie Awards on May 18, the Count Basie Theatre will do more than issue its customary honors for excellence in area high school theater and performing arts. The ceremony will also be the setting for the awarding of four arts impact scholarships — the Moser-Taboada Arts Impact Scholarship, the Monmouth Medical Center – Barnabas Health Arts Impact Scholarship, the Monmouth County Freeholders’ Basie Scholarship for Continuing Education and the new Siciliano Landscape Company Arts Impact Scholarship. 

The Monmouth County Freeholders’ scholarship will be awarded to a student attending a New Jersey-based college in the fall — and Basie board members are urging all interested students to prepare their applications now.

“We’re proud that Basie supporters like the Moser-Taboada law firm, Barnabas Health – Monmouth Medical Center, the Monmouth County Freeholders and Siciliano Landscape Company share our belief that the arts have an indelible impact on all aspects of life, especially higher learning,” said Adam Philipson, Count Basie Theatre President & CEO.

Students may apply for all four scholarships by visiting, filling out the application form and creating an official entry packet, consisting of an essay, resume and three personal recommendations.

Tickets to this year’s ‘Basies’ go on sale Friday, March 13 at noon, and are available through the website, in person from the box office, or by phone charge at (732)842-9000.