Hosting the POY

Finlandia Foundation National launched the Performer of the Year (POY) program in 1996 to assist undiscovered artists and gain exposure for entertaining programs related to Finnish and Finnish-American culture. FFN chapters are invited to host the POY for the enrichment and enjoyment of their members and guests. 

While most of the performers selected have been singers or instrumentalists, one POY was a comedic lecturer and in the past we did allow groups to participate. The POY is now limited to a solo performer and may possess any talent that appeals to a range of ages and is consistent with the goals of the FFN. 

The POY’s travel expenses to performances/events organized by/for FFN chapters within the United States are covered by the FFN travel grant of $7,000 (per year). 

Each host chapter is responsible for handling and paying for local transportation and accommodation arrangements. 

The POY’s honorarium will be paid by the chapter/host organization directly to the POY. Each POY suggests a desired honorarium/performance fee. Most chapters charge an admission fee to help cover the cost of hosting the POY.

As performance arrangements are made between the event organizers and the POY, the POY Program Coordinator needs to be informed of the schedule. In case of problems or conflicts, the Program Coordinator may be called upon for advice.

Direct all scheduling information and questions to POY Coordinator Betsey Norgard, norgard @

The host chapter/organization will promote/advertise the POY appearance within its community.

A quantity of POY brochures is available to assist with promotion; contact FFN Communications Manager Kath Usitalo (kathusitalo @ for brochures well in advance of your event.

Host chapters may also print their own quantities of the brochure; click here for a PDF of the brochure.ffn-poy-2016-brochure-lo-7-6-16

Please provide information about the event to FFN Communications Manager Kath Usitalo before and after the event for FFN publicity. High resolution photos of the appearance are appreciated. 

Direct the photos and information to: kathusitalo @

To schedule an appearance or for more information contact POY Coordinator Betsey Norgard, norgard @