Manhattan Neighborhood Network El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center

June 29, 2019

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Julia de Burgos Arts Center

June 29, 2019

Virtual Reality FREE From 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM


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Julia de Burgos Arts Center

Music Panel 6:20 PM - 7:10 PM

June 29, 2019

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Amanda Montes de Oca is a Senior Music Licensing Executive, with broad knowledge of sample clearances and synchronization licensing. A vital force behind pioneering music licensing firms, She excels in negotiating publishing and master recording rights for iconic music artists and major multi media corporations.

She's worked on a vast number of sample clearance projects for artists such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Beyonce, J. Cole, Jennifer Lopez, Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, Jessie J, Rapsody, The-Dream, Pusha T, Mac Miller, Kid Cudi, Frank Ocean, Jay Rock, YG, Young Jeezy, Swizz Beatz, August Alsina, Fabolous, Big Sean, Good Music, DJ Mustard, Jadakiss, Dave East, Belly and a host of others. She also worked on synchronization licensing for Tidal and for the films “Lemonade” and “Festival Express”. She's worked as a Music Supervisor on the videogame titles “25 to Life” and “Playboy: The Mansion”.

Amanda is founder of Empire Music Licensing a New York City based boutique firm that specializes in negotiating licenses in order for musical artists, streaming services and other media platforms to utilize existing master recordings and musical compositions in new songs and other media. She's passionate about music and all matters related to its licensing rights. She founded Empire Music Licensing as there was a need for women of color to be represented as entrepreneurs in the music licensing industry. After almost two decades in the industry, Amanda has acquired the contacts and experience that is needed to obtain approval for song uses fast and efficiently. She goes far and beyond to satisfy each client's needs.

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DJ Carlito was born on April 20, 1983 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. As a child his mother took him to music festivals (fiestapatronales) and there is where he discovered his passion for music. Occasionally, he would share the stage imitating recording artists.This experience is what set forth the dream to become a DJ. He embraced how music affects the listeners and he wanted to be apart of that. At the age of six, DJ Carlito moved to Brooklyn, New York.

This transition exposed him to diverse cultures and all genres of music. With time, he built his music collection in both English & Spanish. At 14 years old, he started to DJ with Denondual CD player, stacking speakers out of his window, blaring different sounds for his neighborhood. Soon thereafter, he began to DJ his own mixes created in his basement, at house parties and community events.

In 2007, DJ Carlito hit the club scene opening for several DJ’s spinning 30 minute sets. Following in 2008, he had his official debut at Remy Lounge in Queens, NY; alongside DJ Spin One and host Laura Stylez. This was the beginning of taking his career to another level. Fellow DJ’s Enuff, Camilo, Alex Sensation and Prostyle, inspired Carlitoto take it further with a determination to make a name for himself.

Hence the same year, DJ Carlito released his first mixtape “Club Madness Vol. 1” with the help of DJ 38. In addition, DJ Carlito joined ESP51 Internet radio station. He started as a cohost and by 2009 thru 2011 he had his own show The DJ CarlitoMix Show. The show aired every Monday from 8-10pm on Aside from hosting his own show and spinning music, DJ Carlito interviewed many artists both signed and independent. Each broadcast would draw in over 15,000 viewers.

He gained popularity all over the United States, Latin America and Europe. This recognition led to djingin clubs throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. In 2009, DJ Carlito was hired for the Brooklyn “Three Kings Day” parade in which he was the official DJ for recording artist Daddy Yankee. On April 23, 2011, DJ Carlito was given the opportunity to broadcast live for LAMEGA 97.9 FM at Club Pure. This allowed him to display his talent, skills and professionalism on FM radio.

His accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. In 2012, DJ Carlito was offered an internship at Amor radio station 93.1 FM assisting on-air personality AJ El Kallejero. Carlito took this opportunity to learn as much as possible focusing on the hands on training with all aspects of the board and equipment. He not only understands the importance of the performance, but also the technical aspect as an on-air personality.
Shortly after, DJ Carlito was asked to broadcast live for a second time on La Mega 97.9 for Labor Day weekend in 2013.

DJ Carlito is currently an On Air Personality for New York's La Mega 97.9 FM. La mega has given him the platform to share his unique flavor reaching listeners throughout the world. DJ Carlito’s hard work and dedication has earned him four Latin Mixx Award nominations and his first award for “Best Club DJ” of 2014. DJ Carlito also known as “Bushwick’s Finest” is presently touring and booked for various events on a daily basis. He is still that kid from Puerto Rico filled with dreams and aspirations.

DJ Carlito has independently promoted and released 21 mix cd’s up to date. He has performed at thousands of venues in the course of 11 years. Including, a sold out Madison square garden, prudential center arena, Euphoria in The Dominican Republic, Conga Room In California, Aqua Lounge In Minnesota, Club Prive In Colorado, Gilt Nightclub In Florida, events with Webster Hall, Terminal 5, Coney Island Amphion Theater, Copacabana, Jacobs Javitz Center, Stage 48, 40/40, Mamajuana Cafe, Club Amadeus, Club La Boom and six consecutive years performing in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade And 116th St Puerto Rican Festival.

DJ Carlito wants to take his talents to a high plateau and reach listeners everywhere. He has his eye on the prize!

Julia de Burgos Arts Center

June 30, 2019



Topic/Creating a Podcast That IMPACTS Your Audience

In this talk, we'll chat about how to create a podcast that people will listen to and remember, talk about how to distribute and market your podcast, and discuss the best way to use audio to engage further with your audience  As we will discuss, it is more than just putting out an interview or off-the-cuff chit-chat, it is about producing content that people will remember and connect with. In the expanding medium of audio, led by the growth explosion of smart voice products, it is increasingly important to consider how you can use audio as a storytelling tool to assist in your branding and marketing.


Dillon Joshua Bernard is a multimedia storyteller and digital strategist, and the Founder of Newsworthy Presents, a podcast production company led by underrepresented storytellers that creates impact-driven content in collaboration with social good brands and nonprofits.

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Maribel (Mari) Padilla

Maribel (Mari) Padilla

El Salon Chronicles Podcast is your local neighborhood hub.

Zulika (Zuly) Gonzalez

Zulika (Zuly) Gonzalez

It’s a place where we discuss everything from education, relationships, career, sex, trending topics, culture and everything in between. As avid podcast consumers we found that although there were many rich in content already in existence, non specifically spoke to us. There weren’t any really speaking on our experiences, that sounded like us and that could honestly unpack our baggage. So we created the platform and cast ourselves. We are Liz, Mari, Pomba, Zuly and Jay. Five friends sharing our experiences and opinions with the world. Strong and opinionated Dominican/Latinx ladies trying to kick down barriers with our unapologetic and nonconforming attitudes. We laugh, we cry, we are vulnerable, we are silly and we are real. We share to inspire but our ultimate goal is to empower.

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Young Boss Media (Media company)


"Building a media company on a tight budget"

-Finding resources

-building a team

-finding capital

-stretching your dollar



Maggi Delgado is a 28-year-old Latina multimedia producer based in NYC. From a young age, she loved storytelling in all of its forms and after graduating from Hunter College in 2012 with a BA in Media Studies, she became a media maker and educator. She has taught media production and media literacy at MNN and creative writing with SASF. She has also participated in various short film competitions completing more than five short films in the capacity of writer/director. As a storyteller, she loves experimenting with styles and medium but all through the lens of a Latina feminist focusing on representation and awareness of issues affecting the Latino and feminist communities. After creating her Youtube channel and becoming a visual creator and blogger, she because an audio storyteller in 2017 creating and hosting Mixing it Up with Maggi, an interview-based podcast where she each themed episode she interviews an expert on topics such as social media activism, mental health, motherhood and many more. After she was selected to be part of an experimental podcast course at Made In NYC, she experimented with storytelling styles and expanded her podcast. Now she hosts and produces Mixing it Up with Maggi and TV That Made Us which is a conversation analyzing the impact of some of her generational most popular tv series. Along with this, she founded and directs her production company PinkLeo Productions and creates podcasts, short films and talk shows like TV Time With Maggi all under this brand. Currently, she freelances as a videographer and photographer for various film and art festivals. Most recently, she started as the panel coordinator for the Dominican Film Festival taking place this July while simultaneously, submitting tv pitches for various writing competitions.

Julia de Burgos Arts Center

June 30, 2019

Puerto Rican TAX Film Incentives in 3: 30 PM - 4:00 PM FREE

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Latino Film Market: Puerto Rico Guest Country 2019

We are thrilled to have Puerto Rico as the 3rd Latino Film Market’s guest county. This year, the Latino Film Market has invited Puerto Rico as a guest country. Through the event’s program, our audience will be able to appreciate different aspects of the Puerto Rico film industry. Celestino Ortiz - Nieves, professor and artist will talk about the film incentives for foreign and local productions that want to film projects in Puerto Rico.

Julia de Burgos Arts Center

June 30, 2019

Pitching, Marketing and Distribution Panel 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM


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Andrew Freiband is a filmmaker, producer, researcher, writer, educator, and multimedia artist, and is founder and co-director of the Artists Literacies Institute, based on several years of original research and development into the unique capacities - and imposed restrictions - of artists in contemporary society. Andrew was co-producer and director of photography on the award-winning feature documentary I Learn America, about the life of 5 high-school age immigrants in the New York City school system.  

He is the Executive Producer of Tre Maison Dasan, winner of numerous Best Feature Documentary awards at festivals in the US and Europe, as well as a featured presentation for the 2019 season of PBS’ Independent Lens.   As Impact and Engagement Producer, he has coordinated a widespread national campaign to put the film to work in meaningful contexts, connecting incarcerated parents with their families and communities, catalyzing awareness about the enormous rippling social impacts of mass incarceration in America. He has served on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts' Dept of Film and Television, and on the faculty of the Department of Film, Animation, and Video at the Rhode Island School of Design.

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As America’s only Spanish language non-profit television network, HITN’s mission is to advance the educational, cultural and socio-economic aspirations of U.S Hispanics. Through the development and distribution of quality and authentic content on-air, online, OTT, and on the ground; HITN delivers a unique entertainment experience around family, lifestyle, education, tech, nature and health.