The UC Theatre’s Concert Career Pathways is a workforce training program that teaches young people the technical, creative, and business aspects of concert and event promotion through hands-on workshops, work-based learning, career pathways and employment opportunities for young people. These programs are offered through partnerships with established community organizations working with young people ages 17 to 25 from underserved communities.

Our Concert Career Pathways Program seeks to address the following challenges:

  • Barriers to employment for disconnected youth
  • Lack of diversity within the concert promotion industry
  • Barriers to safe learning spaces

This unique program is an integral part of The UC Theatre and is an outgrowth of Founder and President, David M. Mayeri’s own experience as a 16-year-old Berkeley High School intern, working Bill Graham Presents (BGP) shows at the Berkeley Community Theater. He left 35 years later as Chief Operating Officer of BGP.

Read about our program in ForbesBARTable, and Hypebot.

The 2023-24 application period begins on March 1st, 2023. If you are interested in applying for the next cohort, stay tuned!

The UC Theatre thanks our individual donors, foundations and corporate supporters who help make our education program possible:

Amazon ~ Bayer Development Agreement Funding ~ City of Berkeley ~ Kimball Foundation ~ Quest Foundation ~ Spotify ~ Taube Philanthropies  ~  Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture


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Concert Career Pathways – A nine month program for young people ages 17-25 that combines hands-on workshops and paid internships.

Youth Advisory Board (YAB) – Comprised of 10 young people ages 17-25, our YABs provide the young person’s perspective for the program design, implementation evaluation, and outreach of The UC Theatre’s education program.

Event Business & Leadership Training offers further training in technical, business and leadership to graduates of our education programs

BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS – Groups from local schools and youth organizations will get an insider’s view of The UC Theatre prior to experience a live music performance.

EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE – has provided support and guidance to ensure that the program is accessible to all young people in the Bay Area. It is made up of educational and youth development leaders from Berkeley Rep School of TheatreBerkeley Unified School DistrictBerkeley Youth AlternativesBerkeley YMCA-PG&E Teen CenterCenter for Independent LivingRYSE Youth Center and Youth UpRising.

For inquiries about the education programs at The UC Theatre, please email [email protected]

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