Artists and creative workers are at the core of the creative industries and a significant part of the gig economy. They do not benefit from paid sick leave and other forms of paid time off. Cancelled gigs mean no pay, and with little safety net, that puts our creatives at risk. View resources for artists and arts professionals.
For Annee Matko, creating and playing music isn’t simply an enjoyable pastime, it’s truly a part of her identity, a means of communication, a path on which she navigates life. You can hear this ring true in her soulful voice, whether it’s an original piece, an interpretation of another artist’s work or a melody in her place of worship. “Oftentimes we struggle through the same heartache and difficulties in life and hearing a song or lyrics from an artist that you relate to, can make you feel a part of something greater and give you hope and reassurance that you're not alone,” she says.