As of 2019, the city of Philadelphia no longer wants the annual Made in America Festival from Jay-Z's Roc Nation to be held at Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and Jay-Z isn't happy about it. In an open letter published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jay-Z said: "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."
Citing concerns about costs, crowd size and traffic congestion, the city of Philadelphia has not renewed its contract to have the Made in America festival at Benjamin Franklin Parkway, as first reported by the website BillyPenn.The Made in America festival had about 130,000 attendees in 2017, according to PhillyVoice. BillyPenn reports that festival organizers want to keep the event in Philadelphia, and are seeking another location. However, Roc Nation chief operating officer Desiree Perez told Variety that the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is the only place in Philadelphia that Roc Nation wants to have the festival, and the event will move to another city if forced to do so. Perez added, “We would love to amicably resolve all issues.”
The Made in America festival, which features an eclectic mix of contemporary music acts, launched in 2012 and has traditionally taken place over the Labor Day holiday weekend. The 2018 festival will feature headliners Nicki Minaj and Post Malone.
The city of Philadelphia's cancellation of the festival's Benjamin Franklin Parkway location wasn't the only setback for Made in America this year. Budweiser, which had been the festival's title sponsor, dropped out of sponsoring Made in America in 2018.