The idea for Compass, Inc. was born when founder, Vicki Leighty brought together a diverse group of musicians, singers and songwriters in Columbia, Missouri in October 2007 to envision a nonprofit organization to expand the array of educational opportunities available for aspiring musicians, singers and songwriters in mid-Missouri.

The initial Steering Committee was:  Vicki Leighty, Phylshawn Johnson, Noah Earle, Stephen Gardner, Mike Hagan, Sam D’Agostino, Zach Beeson, Loyd Warden and Adam Roehlke.  Most stayed on to serve as the Founding Board of Directors once Compass was established. Compass, Inc. was incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in the state of Missouri, and also approved by the IRS as a federal 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, effective April 15, 2008.

Vicki Leighty and Noah Earle served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors until April 2012.