As the NOW festival is a young person’s arts festival it is key to have young people at the core of the festival. The NOW festival steering group is a group of young people from the Merseyside Youth Association who play a key part in planning and organising the NOW festival. The group meet regularly throughout the process sharing their ideas and ensuring the festival runs smoothly. During the festival, they run back stage and front of house supporting the participants so that the festival runs smoothly.