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Mission Statement

AMLA seeks to promote the development, dissemination, and understanding of Latin music and culture throughout Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, with an emphasis on at-risk youth.


Artístas y Músicos Latino Americanos (AMLA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts and artist's organization founded in 2006 in North Philadelphia. It is a subsidiary corporation of Esperanza, Inc. The mission of AMLA is to promote the development, dissemination and understanding of Latin American music and culture in the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Region with a strong emphasis on youth.

AMLA draws on the history and programming of Asociación de Músicos Latino Americanos (Asociación also formerly known as AMLA). This agency was founded by 125 Latino musicians in 1982 to counter the misrepresentation of Latino culture and to advocate for better working conditions for Latino musicians in the community. Asociación formed the Latin School for the Performing Arts (LSPA) for the development of artists and musicians, provided presentations and festivals for the community, and became known for its specialized "Roots of Puerto Rican Music" workshops. This local success earned the organization national recognition including the national "Growing Up Taller" award (1997) for providing top level programming to at-risk youth, as well as Latin Beat magazine's Siempre Salsa Special Recognition Award (2005) for extraordinary work in the field of Latin music education.

In 2006, founder Jesse Bermudez reached out to the Reverend President of Esperanza Luis Cortés, Jr. to forge a strategic partnership. This relationship resulted in the creation of a new organization that draws upon the history and services of the former—and so AMLA (Artistas y Musicos Latino Americanos) was born in the Hunting Park neighborhood of Philadelphia.


Board of Directors

Rev. Danny Cortes, Board Chairperson
Mr. Israel Colon
Mr. Josue Duarte
Mr. Juan Laureda
Mr. Angel Ortiz
Mrs. Marangeli Mejia-Rabell
Mr. Michael Garcia

Staff & Instructors

Rosie Pagan, Director of AMLA
Suzzette Ortiz, Artistic Director
LSPA Instructors
Luis Cuevas
Tony Perez
Jeffrey Johnson
Christian Noguera
Angel Sanchez
Richard Tucker


Explore our cultural music offerings

I love AMLA because they are nice and they help the people if they don’t understand music. AMLA is the best music class I had ever been too. I love the whole place! I wish I had it ALL TO MYSELF!

Monica M.

AMLA helped me in my social and private life. AMLA made me proud of what I do in life. AMLA has made me more active in my life AMLA has taught me everything I know about music and I thank them for that.

Evan M.

I love AMLA because they help me with the music career I want in the future.

Armani O.

I love AMLA because I get to learn new things about instruments

Karla D.

The reason I like AMLA is because it shows me how to pursue my talent in music. AMLA is special to me because everyone here is treated as an equal and we are one big happy family.

Kaylah S.

I like AMLA because I can show who I am. Also I like AMLA because this place is unique to me, and because without this music school and my awesome teachers this music school won’t feel like home! AWESOME!

Nayarett L.

I love AMLA because in the past year I have learned a lot. I am on my second/third book. I would recommend anybody to go to AMLA because they are fast-teaching and awesome!

Yacelis M.

I love AMLA because all of the students and staff are so nice. When I first came to AMLA about 2 to 3 years ago, everyone was so welcoming. I’ve learned so much at AMLA and I’m very glad that I came to AMLA because I love every minute I spend here!

Ashley A.

I like AMLA because it helps me to learn music notes and it fills me with action and makes me cheerful!

Anthony P.

I love AMLA because this is my second home and family. At times, my teachers care about me more than I care about myself. I have progressed in my music career and musical career and musical knowledge because of AMLA. I have been pushed in ways never imagined!

Ky’Le C.

I have been in AMLA for four years. It has been the most influential experience of my life. Without AMLA, I wouldn't be the man I am today.

Werner P.

Ways to Give

As a non-profit, AMLA relies on the support of generous donors to sustain and strengthen our work. Gifts to AMLA are stewarded with care and may be used to meet a variety of needs including:

- Crucial operating support to sustain programming, including the cost for space and instruction
- Scholarships to support students who may otherwise lack access to culturally relevant music education
- Instruments for students who cannot afford them
- Performance related expenses, including transportation

All contributions are tax-deductible.
AMLA is a subsidiary of the community development corporation Esperanza, Inc.
Thank you in advance for your support!

Please follow the link below to process your donation or you can mail a check payable to Artists and Musicians of Latin America, AMLA.


Donations can also be mailed to AMLA at:
AMLA Donations
4261 N. 5th Street, 2nd floor
Philadelphia PA 19140


contact information

AMLA Administrative Office
4261 N. 5th St, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19140
(215) 324-0746 Ext 225

AMLA Latin School for the Performing Arts
191 W. Hunting Park Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19140
(267) 229-7592

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