Jay Z Speaks Out As Made In America Festival Is Forced Out Of Ben Franklin Parkway
Jay-Z has released an official statement after news broke that the Philadelphia Mayor is trying to evict the iconic music festival, Made in America, from it's normal location on Ben Franklin Parkway, starting next year in 2019.
Jay-Z, who founded the music festival, tells the Philadelphia Inquirer, "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." Live Nation, who organizes the festival, has also shown their disappointment in the decision.
The news has come as a shock to many who feel the festival was a way to generate tourism and unite the local community. The festival has generated 102.8 Million since it began 6 years ago. 3.4 Million of which is rent to the city, and 3 million was donated to the United Way of Philadelphia.
Mayor Jim Kenney and his administration say that there are four or five possible venues in the city for next year's festival but did not mention any specific locations. Check out Jay Z's full statement.