Made in America promoters owe city up to $500,000 for services, expenses

Posted: September 20, 2012

Promoters of the Labor Day weekend Made in America concert will have to pay Philadelphia as much as $500,000 to cover overtime and other costs, according to a contract between the city and organizers of the event on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Mayor Nutter has not officially released details of the agreement between the city and concert promoter Live Nation, but the City Controller's Office on Tuesday provided a copy of the contract.

The document shows that organizers of the concert, which featured Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, and many other acts, must pay $220,000 for police, $120,000 for the use of Fairmount Park, $90,000 for emergency services, $60,000 for sanitation, and $10,000 for work done by the Department of Licenses and Inspections.

The agreement, first reported online by the Philadelphia Daily News, says promoters must "pay the city for all personnel (including overtime costs), services equipment and materials, if any, provided by the city in connection with the conducting of the event."

It also specifies that Live Nation had to put down a $200,000 security deposit before the show and said the promoter must restore any property it altered to its previous condition.

After the show, vehicles worked in heavy rain to take down the stage and other concert structures, damaging baseball fields at Von Colln Park and turf in surrounding areas.

Organizers said they hoped to make the concert, which drew about 40,000 people on both Saturday and Sunday of the holiday weekend, an annual event. They have not said whether they would return to Philadelphia.

The show featured a wide variety of acts, including dubstep DJ Skrillex and the Los Angeles punk band X. Jay-Z even joined Pearl Jam for one song, the rapper's "99 Problems."

Nutter implemented a policy requiring the Mummers and others who held events in the city to pay for city services, leading to questions about whether Made in America would be held to the same standard.


Contact Miriam Hill at 215-854-5520 or hillmb@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @miriamhill.

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