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Message from Willie Colón

Willie ColónNew York has always been the center of urban music. Salsa was born in New York not only because we have the most diverse Latino population in the world, but also because it is here where the Latino community meets the other two-thirds of all New Yorkers.

The wonderful diverse Latino population of New York brings together talent in a mix of cultures, beats, music, traditions, and customs. We're creating a new genre of film, theater, music, and major events that support the arts in Latin New York.

Born and raised in New York City, I had the opportunity to be part of the cultural and music scene of the 60's and 70's. The Latin New York's music scene flourished, and I’m especially proud of the new Latin renaissance in the city.

I have worked with Mayor Bloomberg since 2002 to bring more Latino tourism by supporting and promoting our Latino culture. As we discussed various possible projects, Mayor Bloomberg decided that these plans merited a Latin Media and Entertainment Commission to support and advance Latin arts and culture. We have the best and brightest from the media, business, and not-for-profit community. Thank you, Mayor Bloomberg, for creating the country's first Latin Commission.

Willie Colón
Mayoral Advisor/Liaison to the Latin Media & Entertainment Commission
Consultant, NYC & Company Major Events
International Recording Artist & Producer

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