DeSoto & State Communications Wins Two Publicity Club of Chicago Golden Trumpet Awards

Golden Trumpet, Silver Trumpet for Chicago Independent Venue League "Save Our Stages" initiatives

June 24, 2021 - Chicago - DeSoto & State Communications (DeSoto & State), a Chicago-based public relations firm serving not-for-profit organizations, was honored with a Golden Trumpet for Media Relations for a Not-For-Profit and a Silver Trumpet for Advocacy by the Publicity Club of Chicago at the 62nd Annual Golden Trumpet Award ceremony. The awards coincide with DeSoto & State's eighth anniversary.

"I'm proud to share this honor with my talented and dedicated team," said DeSoto & State president Ryan Arnold. "While the true measure of success is advocating for the Save Our Stages bill on behalf of Chicago Independent Venue League's more than 50 independently owned member venues, recognition by our esteemed peers validates our belief that important work is worth doing well."

Chicago Independent Venue League advocates on behalf of Chicago's independently owned and operated concert venues and music halls. Founded in 2018, CIVL works to ensure the long-term viability of its member venues so they may continue to provide event-goers with enjoyable live music experiences. In March, 2020, all live music venues in Chicago were forced to shutter due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most faced an uncertain fate if relief funds were not made available to owners of the city's economic and cultural institutions.

"DeSoto & State's integrated approach ensured CIVL's positive reputation amongst our employees, stakeholders, influencers, and general public," said Chicago Independent Venue League Co-Chair Billy Helmkamp.

Golden Trumpets are the most prestigious awards program for public relations professionals in the region. These coveted awards honor distinguished individual achievement in the planning, creativity and execution of public relations and communications initiatives.

About DeSoto & State Communications

DeSoto & State Communications is a public relations firm built to serve the unique challenges non-profits face. With nearly a decade of earning great news and editorial coverage for small to mid-sized organizations, they rely on both tried-and-true tactics and new means of engagement which allows clients to use earned media coverage to grow donor relationships.