On July 18, rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z penned an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer regarding the city's decision to move his Made In America festival from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway after 2018 without notice. "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," the mogul wrote.
Now, a representative for Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has released a statement in response to the controversy.
“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," a representative for Kenney's office tells Billboard. "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.”