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Desperate band sells itself

July 7 2006

Owing to lack of funding, desperate musicians were forced to put his own orchestra for sale. Belgian orchestra Beethoven Academie of himself for sale on online auction site eBay. After some time the orchestra off itself from the auction, calling what happened "gimmick" and "a gesture of despair."

With this move, the musicians wanted to express their protest against the decision of the Flemish authorities to cut funding for the team for the next three years. Bandleader Bart Michels said that for a normal existence in the next year, the orchestra needs 1 million euros.

The staff of Beethoven Academie consists of 44 persons, of whom 40 - musicians. Michels noted that the options for saving the orchestra "still. According to the eBay Belgium, offering its services through an online auction, as did the orchestra, is a fairly common phenomenon, but to sell or buy people - illegally, the BBC.

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