Do you have a special talent or area of expertise related to Finnish America or Finland that you’d like to share with audiences across the U.S.?
Finlandia Foundation National invites you to apply for its Performer of the Year (POY) or Lecturer of the Year (LOY) for 2024.
FFN chapters host appearances by the POY or LOY, who receive a travel stipend from FFN. The chapter provides an honorarium and handles local hosting arrangements.
Current POY singer/songwriter Ida Metsberg (at left) and LOY poet and author Suzanne Matson will continue their terms through 2023. Their appearance schedules included Florida in April for the Finlandia Foundation 70th anniversary celebration.
FFN debuted POY in 1996, and while most of the artists selected have been singers or instrumentalists, any talent that appeals to a range of ages and is consistent with the goals of the FFN is welcome. The POY must reside in the U.S. Application deadline for the next POY is September 1, 2023.
The LOY launched in 2006, and presentations have included films, book talks, cooking demonstrations and programs about history, folkways and architecture. The LOY must reside in the U.S. Application deadline for the next LOY is October 1, 2023.
Find more information at the FFN website: