Carlos Chirinos’ work explores innovation and creativity in emerging global music industries, looking at the role of music in public health, international development and social change. He has been a key consultant for radio and music projects in Europe, Africa and Japan, with funding from the World Bank, USAID, IDRC, the Wellcome Trust and Toyota Foundation. He was awarded the Director’s Teaching Prize at SOAS, University of London in 2009.
Carlos received an award from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Defense, and USAID, to develop Africa Stop Ebola, a global music campaign to raise awareness about Ebola in West Africa that was featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, BBC and CNN.
Professor Chirinos has collaborated with the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, curating music performances to engage the Latin community living in New York City. In 2019, he hosted the artist, actor and politician Rubén Blades as the inaugural Dean's Academic in Residence at NYU Steinhardt.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, he studied clarinet and saxophone before relocating to London, UK to work as International Business Development Manager for an independent South American record label. He was the founder of SOAS Radio, a digital radio station at SOAS, University of London, where he taught in the departments of Music and Development Studies. Carlos is also a composer, producer and performer.