We had the good fortune of connecting with Destiny Hardney and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Destiny, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My intention was not originally to start a business. The support and love I have for music and local artistry led me here. It started with planning events with a friend and deciding to keep going, expanding and fulfilling a need that we both desired. From planning events, going on a 9 city tour, to becoming an official organization, so many things have aligned as we spent more time in community. The joy that has come out of the experiences we have been able to create made it obvious that I was uncovering a way to live and work in my purpose, so I decided to learn what I could, try what I could and surround myself with supporters and collaborators to be able to create a sustainable business based on community and growth. Our organization combines music based entertainment, art education and community because all three of those aspects allow us to utilize our gifts while encouraging everyone around us to do the same.
What should our readers know about your business?
DCI Tour is an incubator of innovation, healing and connection. Music, education and community events are the modes in which we create and hold space for creation to come together, individuals to lean into their personal power and for us all to work toward synergetic communities.
Our programming is based in Denver, but we have partner cities as well. The main cities where we do events and workshops are Memphis, Baltimore and Philly. We partner with libraries, schools, youth programs, correctional facilities and senior centers to facilitate songwriting workshops as a means of connecting through storytelling, collaboration and liberatory practices.
We also host community events that showcase the songs that come out of those workshops, highlight local artists and small businesses in some of the best outdoor spaces and unique venues.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would start the week with some Mountain & outdoor time. I like to go up when it’s less busy, so Monday drive to Strawberry hot springs with a stop in Winter Park on the way back to Denver on Tuesday. Wednesday explore downtown and happy hour at MBP Denver. Thursday we’re going to Red Rocks for a show or movie. End the week at the Culture Museum, a day party or park hangout Saturday, and Sunday brunch at Mimosas.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It’s hard for me to name one person, group or resource to dedicate this shoutout. All that I do and who I am comes from the combination of multiple relationships and learnings. But for this shoutout, I honor my daughter, Iya’Jade Ali. She has taught me so much about myself and pushed me to lean into my passions. When I don’t feel like doing it for me, I can always do it for her. She reminds me daily to be where I am, to feel, to move, to rest. The joy, the ease, the excitement I experience with her reminds me to keep all of those aspects in everything I do.