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Philadelphia Mayor Kenney and Jay-Z's ROC Nation Will Hold Made in America on Ben Franklin Parkway
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 07/23/18 4:55 pm | updated: 07/23/18 4:55 pm
 
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and representatives for hip hop mogul Jay-Z's ROC Nation met today following fallout from last week's media fiasco surrounding the future of the Made in America festival in Philadelphia. They have both agreed to continue to host the Made in America Festival here in Philadelphia on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in 2019+.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said, "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."

Desiree Perez, Chief Operating Officer, Roc Nation, said, "We are happy to announce the Made in America festival will continue at the heart of the Philadelphia, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for many years to come. After a candid and constructive discussion with the Mayor, we are confident any miscommunication is corrected, and we are proactively addressing any concerns. We are committed to bringing the best experience possible to Philadelphians and all music lovers as well as the continuing prosperity of the city."

Last week, a report on a comment from the mayor's spokesperson that the festival will not be held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in 2019 spread like wildfire and was only fueled by speculation. Jay-Z himself responded quickly with a scathing open letter in the Inquirer calling out the mayor's office. Kenney in turn responded say that it was all just a miscommunication and that the city loves the festival and wants to keep it here where it started. The city was concerned with the logistics of current location and wanted to look at alternate places for the festival. In today's statement, both parties say they “are committed to addressing operational and community challenges associated with this large-scale event.“

 
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