Location: Miami, Florida

Jesus Salas is a community outreach member for the CHAPMAN Partnership for the Homeless.

Since opening their doors in 1995, Chapman Partnership has admitted nearly 100,000 men, women and children experiencing homelessness in Miami, Fl and the surrounding areas. Their mission to provide comprehensive services to empower homeless residents to become self-sufficient and regain their lives.

Jesus Salas believes that the organization is providing life-altering experiences for the local homeless community. When a person becomes homeless, it affects every aspect of their life. It attacks the person’s self-esteem and makes them feel hopeless. Nothing is more debilitating then feeling helpless in one’s ability to provide for their family and their future.

I am working on bringing awareness to the homeless family situation in South Florida to the Hispanic community. I was deeply touched by visiting the center the first time and seeing the families and the children receiving such an amazing care and support to get their lives back on track” said Jesus Salas.

The center treats each person as an individual and uses a holistic approach to care. Chapman Partnership not only provides emergency housing, but also provides a wide array of programs such as: comprehensive case management; health, mental and dental care; day care and after school services; job development, training, and placement, plus help from a variety of social service agencies, volunteers, donors and partners

Along the way to 100,000 admissions, Chapman Partnership has also achieved many other impressive milestones such as: So far, they have admitted nearly 20,000 homeless children and with the help of their 20,000 volunteers, they serve 3 hot meals a day, 365 days a year, adding up to 800,000 meals per year. Chapman Partnership also offers medical and dental. Their two medical clinics have seen more than 167,000 patient and their mobile dental unit has performed more than 76,500 procedures. What What impresses Jesus Salas the most is the organizations success rate, which is an amazing 64% in placing their residents into permanent or transitional housing compared to the nations average of 15%.

Besides being a committee outreach member for Chapman Partnership, Jesus Salas is also involved in other community organizations such as the Children Youth Life Foundation for the terminally ill kids, being the co-chair for Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation “Inaugural Gentleman’s Night”,  raised over $400k for the inaugural event for the foundation. Is a Miami-Dade County School business partner and is very involved within the local community and donates both time and money to the various causes.

How to Get Discovered in the Music Business with Jesus Zeus Salas

With over twenty years of experience in the broadcasting business, Jesus Zeus Salas has learned a thing or two about what it takes to get discovered. For aspiring musical artists, “getting discovered” is the coveted first step towards a successful and profitable career in the music industry. Jesus Zeus Salas has a few tips for those who want to get their music out there, with the goal of securing a contract with an agent and record label.

Jesus Zeus Salas, Jen Carlos Canela, Gilberto Santa Rosahoto
Jesus Zeus Salas, Jen Carlos Canela, Gilberto Santa Rosa

Develop your talent. Before you even think about getting in touch with record labels, put in the hard work that will make your music irresistible. Jesus Zeus Salas knows that it can be temping to drive right in, but developing a unique sound and personality now will make you more distinctive and attractive to labels later on.

Create a following. Record labels want to know that you’re going to be a good investment. Jesus Zeus Salas recommends playing live shows in your home city to drum up a following. In addition, and Jesus Zeus Salas cannot stress enough the importance to develop a strong online and social media presence.

Jesus Salas y Johnny Ventura
Jesus Zeus Salas y Johnny Ventura

Record a demo. Put together a compilation of five to eight of your best songs that really showcase your range and style. Jesus Zeus Salas suggests having physical CDs on hand to sell at shows, as well as a digital version.

Make a press kit. If your shows garner any reviews, combine them with a brief biography, some photos, and your demo. That way, you’ll have your act’s “resume” available to give to potential contacts in the industry at any point.

Approach labels. These days, it’s less about “getting discovered” than making that discovery happen yourself, says Jesus Zeus Salas. Research the record labels that will work best for you, and then send them your press kit. Taking the first step is often far more effective than waiting for an agent to happen to appear at one of your shows.

If your an aspiring artist, songwriter, and would like to submit your DEMO please email Jesus Zeus Salas at JSALAS@SBSMiami.com
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