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The Count Basie Center for the Arts, New Jersey’s leading nonprofit performing arts center, is turning downtime into gametime: It’s ARTS MADNESS.

The Basie’s three-week ‘tournament’ will solicit one-minute videos from musicians, local bands, dancers, actors, comedians, musical theatre performers and all other persons age 10 and above.

The best videos will be entered into the tournament, with the first selections in the “round of 32” debuting on the Basie’s social media channels the week of March 23.

From there, it’s up to the general public: voting rounds will be posted, and fans and artists alike will cheer on their favorites, moving all the way down to a Final Four and championship round.

“Our goal is to use that time to fulfill the Basie Center mission to INSPIRE, EDUCATE and ENTERTAIN while locating our area’s most talented students,” Count Basie Center for the Arts’ website states.

The winner will be crowned on Thursday, April 17 with the ARTS MADNESS trophy and will have the opportunity to perform later this year on the Basie Center stage.

If you’re interested in participating in ARTS MADNESS, you may submit a video (or link) to artsmadness@thebasie.org. Visit www.thebasie.org/madness to learn more.

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