After this year, Philadelphia's Mayor Kenney no longer wants the Made In America festival to take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in located in the heart of Philly. The star studded event has taken place in Philly since 2012 hosting all of your favorite artists including Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna and of course, Jay-Z. The festival has brought a ton of revenue to the "City of Brotherly Love" but Mayor Kenney says it's time for it to go because of the cost and from what I'm gathering, because it's basically too much work involved in it on the cities part. even though Roc Nation foots half the bill.
You'd think this kind of decision would be made after a conversation to see what other options are available to make the process easier, but according to an Op-ed by Jay-Z for the Philadelphia Inquirer that didn't happen at all!
This is what Jay-Z had to say:
"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."
He also had this to add:
"Since 2012, Made in America, one of the only minority-owned festivals, has had a positive $102.8 million economic impact to Philadelphia, and the festival has paid $3.4 million in rent to the city. Made in America employs more than 1,000 Philadelphians each day and 85 percent of our partners are Philadelphia-based companies."
It definitely seems like this could have been handled better by the Mayor, but hopefully they come to an agreement soon. If the move does happen, I hope it comes near Florida!
Read the rest of Jay-Z's open letter here.