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Owner/Operations Manager

Kenneth S. Barnard

Kenneth Barnard has been pursuing his passion for making music for over three decades. A guitar player since age 7, he has grown from a hobbyist to a seasoned session guitarist and highly regarded Audio Engineer. He grew up in the North Shore Village of Winnetka and developed his passion for electronics and engineering while working at New Trier High School’s own Radio Station, WNTH 88.1 FM. “ Barnard went on to study at Music Business and Engineering at Columbia College’s Arts And Entertainment Management Program – AAEMP”.. He continued his studies at Devry University’s Electrical Engineering program. By the time he was 23, he was recording demos for anyone who would let him. His first studio was located in a large “Walk-in” Closet!!! Since then, he has have studied under Malcolm Chisolm and Murray Allen and have been active in the development and continued growth of The Street Factory since it’s inception in late 1987.

Today, Barnard is more than just the Owner and Operations Manager for The Street Factory and Street Factory Music. He is the Senior Technical Advisor and runs The Street Factory’s Mastering Suite, which opened in 1994. He also oversees and runs The Street Factory’s Post Production Facilities. In addition to that, he manages the Studio’s day-to-day business operations and wears many different hats. He handles A/P and A/R; all shipping and receiving and handles the direct marketing of The Street Factory via Marketing Campaigns, Trade Shows and Social Media. He is also active in the Chicago music scene representing several local artists as their Music Business Consultant.