On Wednesday Jay-Z posted an op-ed here stating that Mayor Kenney had “evicted” the festival from their home on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
We are disappointed that the mayor of the city of Philadelphia would evict us from the heart of the city, through a media outlet, without a sit-down meeting, notice, dialogue, or proper communication. It signifies zero appreciation for what Made In America has built alongside the phenomenal citizens of this city. In fact, this administration immediately greeted us with a legal letter trying to stop the 2018 event.
The festival has been around since 2012 and always brought a massive crowd to the heart of Philadelphia, for better or worse. Mayor Kenney’s office responded with their own statement in response to the op-ed:
The City of Philadelphia supports the Made in America festival and is greatly appreciative of all that it has done for Philadelphia. We are committed to its continued success and thank them for their partnership. We hope to be able to resolve what has been an unfortunate misunderstanding. We are working with Roc Nation and Live Nation to resolve this issue and we are committed to continuing our partnership with the Made in America festival.
Live Nation also came out in support of Jay-Z and the festival, saying the following:
Live Nation wholeheartedly supports Jay-Z and Roc Nation’s bid to keep the Made In America Festival at its home on the Ben Franklin Parkway.
We have yet to hear a compelling or plausible explanation for why the festival cannot return to the site where it has successfully been housed for six years and generated $102.8M in positive economic impact to the city.
From Billie Holiday to Will Smith, Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott, The Roots and countless others, urban music is an indelible part of Philadelphia’s culture and history. By handicapping Made In America’s ability to bring the best show possible to the best site possible, this administration makes a statement about how it values the arts and plans to protect and expand the city’s vibrant musical heritage.
The lineup for the festival is already out with Nicki Minaj and Post Malone headlining along with Meek Mill, Diplo, Zedd, and more. Keep an eye out on Made in America’s website for the latest information.