The National benefiting Cooperative for Education

Tickets On Sale August 21st

LOS ANGELES, CA — Critically acclaimed rock band The National is taking on an international challenge: educating girls in Guatemala. On October 16, 2015, The National will perform at the legendary and intimate Troubadour nightclub in West Hollywood, California. The National, who have headlined major venues around the world including Barclay’s Center, London’s O2 Arena and Sydney’s Opera House, will play the 500-capacity room with proceeds supporting Guatemalan nonprofit Cooperative for Education’s efforts to improve the education of girls in Guatemala. Tickets go on sale August 21st at 10 am PDT.

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Update: Tickets sold out.

Lead singer Matt Berninger is teaming up with his cousins Joe and Jeff Berninger, co-founders of the nonprofit Cooperative for Education (CoEd), to launch a major program expansion called the Thousand Girls Initiative.

“Almost twenty years ago my cousins Joe and Jeff Berninger quit their corporate jobs and started this non-profit. CoEd has already reached more than 150,000 kids with textbooks and computers, and now they’re taking on girls’ education. I’m excited to join the effort to keep 1,000 girls from dropping out of school, which is so common in Guatemala,” stated The National’s Matt Berninger. “I’m really proud to be a part of this amazing organization.”

According to USAID, educating girls yields a higher rate of return than any other investment available in the developing world. Yet, gender inequality in education remains an enormous issue in impoverished Guatemala.

The Thousand Girls Initiative aims to reduce this disparity by growing to reach 1,000 girls in CoEd’s Scholarship & Youth Development Program by the year 2020. In a country where the national high school graduation rate is only 18%, 95% of students who finish middle school with a CoEd scholarship go on to graduate from high school.

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More About Cooperative for Education
Cooperative for Education was founded by brothers Joe and Jeff Berninger in 1996 with the mission of helping Guatemalan schoolchildren break the cycle of poverty through education. CoEd accomplishes this mission by providing sustainable educational tools (like books and computers), training, and scholarships. For more information about CoEd, please visit

More About The National
The National has released six studio albums including their most recent release, the GRAMMY nominated Trouble Will Find Me which debuted at #3 on Billboard’ s Top 200, marking their largest first week of sales to date. The success of Trouble Will Find Me reached new audiences through appearances on Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, All Things Considered, The Mindy Project, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, CBS This Morning, Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan and more. In 2013 they released their documentary, “Mistaken For Strangers,” a hilarious and touching portrait of two brothers, Matt and Tom Berninger, set to the backdrop of the juggernaut of the band’s 2010 release High Violet, an album that sold over 600,000 copies. The documentary was chosen to premiere on the opening night of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival followed by a theatrical release in the US and worldwide distribution.

Update (Friday, August 21): The concert has SOLD OUT! The National has graciously offered to play a second show at 10pm the same night. There are only a few tickets left, so reserve yours now!
Update (Saturday, August 22): The 10pm show is also sold out!