After the Philadelphia mayor’s office announced Made in America Festival is moving locations from Benjamin Franklin Parkway after 2018, Jay-Z called out Mayor Jim Kenney for evicting the festival.
Benjamin Franklin Parkway cuts through the cultural heart of Philadelphia, and since 2012, Made in America has been held in that historic location. After Roc Nation and the mayors office met, Mayor Kenney wrote the following.
“I am greatly appreciative of everything that Made in America has done for the City of Philadelphia and I remain committed to its continued success. The Made in America festival belongs in Philadelphia—the birthplace of our country—and I’m optimistic that we can turn an unfortunate misunderstanding into a positive outcome and even stronger event. I look forward to working with Roc Nation and Live Nation, and maintaining this Philadelphia tradition for years to come.”
Thanks to Jay-Z’s actions, Made in America will stay in the historic landmark. Roc Nation’s COO, Desiree Perez, followed, discussing the candid and constructive nature of their conversation. Any miscommunications in the incident and concerns for were aptly addressed as both parties are excited to move forward. Both statements from the mayor and Jay-Z were made without proper face-to-face communication, citing proper dialogue as a integral action towards progress.
Made in America 2018 will take place Sept. 1-2 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia; exactly where it will be held for subsequent years to come. Headliners include Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Zedd, Meek Mill, Diplo, Miguel, Janelle Monáe, Alessia Cara, Fat Joe, and 6LACK.