The mayor of Philadelphia has responded to JAY-Z’s open letter

“We hope to be able to resolve what has been an unfortunate misunderstanding.”

July 18, 2018

Earlier today, JAY-Z penned an open letter addressed to Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney, which was published in The Philly Inquirer. The letter was written in response to his Made In America festival being forcibly asked to move locations from the Parkway, where it's been held since starting in 2012.


"How does an administration, merely discard an event that generates millions in income and employs the city’s people as if we are disposable now that we have served our purpose?" he asked. Now, mayor Kenney's office has responded with a new statement, Variety reports. Read it below.

<p>“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. 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.”</p>