New York City
Mike Muse, a former industrial engineer, is the co-founder of Muse Recordings, a world-renowned record label with a reputation for high quality and innovation. Muse holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Michigan. What he learned from the National Society of Black Engineers has stood him in good stead. “NSBE gave me incredible leadership and development skills, as a member of the national board of directors while I was a college student, overseeing a multimillion dollar budget,” says Muse. The success of his label’s first release, “Marc’s Project,” led to collaborations with the National Football League, National Basketball Association, McDonalds’s, the United Nations and more.
Muse served on President Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee and is one of the youngest persons in the country to raise $1 million for an American president in one year. He is also the youngest person to receive the 100 Black Men of America Achievement Award, a recipient of the 2012 J. Walter Thompson Ad Agency’s Innovator of Change Award, and a frequent guest commentator on top urban radio stations, where he speaks on the business of music, pop culture and politics.
Muse is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and serves on various boards of youth, education and change-agent organizations. He attributes his accomplishments to “staying the course and God” and to the American Legion Boys Nation Program, which set him on course in high school to understanding politics at a high level and exposed him to individuals to help him along the way. Of all his accomplishments, however, he is most proud of taking his mother to a White House dinner as his date to celebrate her birthday.
Muse loves a challenge and wishes to learn Mandarin precisely because he considers it a challenging language to learn.