Competitors participating in events utilizing music are required to upload their music to EMS no later than
June 24, 2021 11:59pm ET. After this date, skaters will be locked out of this feature and subject to a $35 late
fee. The late fee will automatically be added to each skater's cart who doesn't meet this requirement by the deadline. Late fees will not be removed under any circumstances and must be paid prior to receiving the skater credential onsite.

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Online music submission is the ONLY acceptable method to submit program music. All competition music must be electronically submitted via the EMS Skater Portal through the Music & Program Content tab no later than the date noted in EMS ($35 administrative fee will apply).

All music must be uploaded by the deadline.

The uploaded program music MUST conform to the following specifications:
Programs per file: One (1) - Only one piece of competition program music (e.g. Pattern Dance (name of
dance), Rhythm Dance, Free Dance, Shadow Dance, etc.) per file is allowed.

File Format: mp3 - The uploaded file music must be an mp3 file. Simply changing the file extension to
“mp3” from another file format is not acceptable. MP3 is the only file format EMS will

Bit Rate: 192 kbps or higher and Sample Rate 44,100 kHz. This will be verified by the music chair
and they may request you upload a corrected file.


Leaders/Trailers: The Chief Music Coordinator requests that there be NO leader and NO trailer (the silence
or “dead space” before and after the actual start and end of the program music) 

Leaders/Trailers may not exceed two (2) seconds. Excessive leaders and trailers may disrupt the playing of the music during competition.

Backup Music at Event (CDs)
In addition to submitting the music online, all competitors/teams must also have at least one (1) backup copy of their competition music on CD, AT RINKSIDE. Electronic devices, such as phones, for playing music will NOT be accepted. Have a backup CD ready!


CDs must meet the following requirements:

In standard Audio CD format (Compact Disc Digital Audio). Other formats, including mp3 are NOT


Clearly marked with a permanent marker (e.g. Sharpie, do NOT use a label or tape) as follows: First
Name, Last Name, (Club – Optional but requested), Event, Event Segment and Music Length (e.g. Jane
Smith, Acme FSC, Novice Free Dance, 3:10)

Each CD may have only ONE (1) music track on it. In the case where a skater competes in both a
Rhythm dance and a Free dance, two (2) separate discs must be available. Any disc with more than
one (1) track is NOT acceptable.

• Lead in time (time before the music begins) on CDs may not exceed two (2) seconds.

• Due to the compatibility and reliability reasons, music may NOT be submitted on re-recordable “CDRW”
discs. PLEASE, no CD-RWs!!

For Further Information - please refer to the Official Announcement - The Official Announcement supersedes all information on the website.