Hey everyone, let’s get right to the most important part of this video, my new background, do you like it? I always like the culture of YouTube backgrounds I thought I made something that was a little bit hard to beat What do you think? Maybe I should make some background music from the wall to make the video a little nice. Did you ever hear a musical saw before? This is a Sandviken Stradivarius. I need something to play to. YouTube recently reached out and asked if we wanted to be part of a beta test of the YouTube sponsorship function. After some thinking we said yes, and in this video I want to tell you what it is and why we’re doing it. So let’s start briefly with what it is. It’s a way for viewers to financially support the creators and their favorite YouTube channels. I’ve been seeing a lot of comments from you asking us to start a Patreon page and reading these comments actually made me say yes when YouTube asked if we wanted to try the sponsorship function here. By enabling this function all of you who have been telling us that you want to support the channel now have a way to do so. One thing that I would like to mention about it is that I don’t believe in exclusivity behind paywalls. That’s why I often put out my music for free on Bandcamp. When I have put a lot of effort into doing something, I want everyone to see and hear it, regardless of if they’re paying or not When we start this YouTube sponsorship, you have to fill out what kind of perks you are giving the sponsors, what kind of exclusive perks. And as I said, I’m not a big fan of exclusivity behind paywalls So the two perks we’re offering to the sponsors is– –the first one is even a non-perk [laughter] So, the first perk is that you get to support our channel and our work towards the world tour. The second part is a monthly Q&A, and that will be for sponsors only, when it’s live, but already, the day after, the video will be up on the YouTube channel for everyone to see. So the only exclusivity — oh there is also a badge you get if you sponsor you get — actually I can show you. So you get a little badge. When you comment on a Wintergatan video you will have this little W taken from my guitar after your comment as a kind of way of saying “I’m supporting the world tour”, so I deliberately wanted to keep the exclusivity… ………. …down, because as I said, I want it to be open for everyone. How will we use the financial support? Two ways: first of all we will make sure to not miss a Wednesday video. We will work on the continuity and consistency– –and we will work on our English also. And secondly, I’m gonna use it to make the world tour happen. I realized I think a concert should pay for itself by the ticket sales, but the preparations for this is a little bit extreme probably need to build a backup marble machine, and I need to have a lot of people helping me planning this so, if you choose to support Wintergatan, you also support the project of getting the marble machine onto a stage. The sponsor button is not always shown. For example on iOS it’s never shown and in some countries is not shown. So it’s most often shown next to the subscribe button on laptop. I’m really happy that YouTube reached out and asked and I’m excited for this because it might be a helping hand in the big projects that are underway. So warmly welcome to sponsors of the channel and also warmly welcome to not sponsors of the channel, because either way we’re gonna develop the channel to make it better and better for everyone regardless if you’re a sponsor or not. Since the marble machine video a lot of big corporations have been offering me sponsorship opportunities, and I have been systematically turning them all down. I don’t feel that cigarettes and car brands represents the future the way I see it, and I think it’s so cool that we can just sidestep that whole thing and make all this work ourselves. The song in this video is a truly improvised lo-fi piece that I made to make this announcement video a little bit more interesting. I have made a clean audio version of this song and you can download that for free at wintergatan.bandcamp.com Thank you so much for watching and see you on the next Wintergatan Wednesday.