Real Arts was originally inspired from a desire to more closely connect the artistic worlds of Australia and Europe.

Real Arts aims to bridge this gap, creating strategies and opportunities informed by the crux of the artistic idea at hand, to forge new paths for audiences, presenters and performers of tomorrow.

Since launching in 2019 and now after the turbulent years that followed, we are finding that our role in connecting ideas, artists, disciplines, funding and organisations has become more valuable than ever as the arts industry regroups and recovers.


Real Arts is based in Berlin, a new hub of the European scene, where it is easy to hear huge range of live performances, and connect with artists and agencies  face to face. Conversations with European presenters can lead to co-productions and commissions, and create performance opportunities for touring ensembles. And in the busy lead-up to European concert tours, trouble-shooting tends to be easier with a partner based in the relevant timezone.

For arts organisations abroad, having a personal contact based in the European time zone helps forge and nurture invaluable relationships with artists and presenters there, injecting impetus into the artistic planning process.

Real Arts acts as an extension of an organisation, creating new connections and injecting energy and ideas into projects and planning, that can be drawn on long after the original project has come to fruition.

Artist Management

Real Arts approaches artist management in terms of mentoring and teamwork, working closely with an artist to create touring and project opportunities that are driven by their artistic vision.

The aim is for an artist to ultimately be empowered to continue on their own, utilising the contacts and experiences gained, and applies regardless of whether the emphasis is on booking, or helping an artist to co-produce in terms of handling funding applications and securing and working together with the best possible partners for a particular project to “make it happen”.

A special emphasis of Real Arts’ work is on the international contemporary music scene, interdisciplinary projects and listening for what is not being heard within traditional existing structures of today’s music scene. We are committed to the ongoing learning and dialogue that is necessary to help create meaningful change.

The Australian arts scene draws influence from a certain cultural proximity to Europe on the one hand in the traditions it draws on, and a vital distance on the other, which is enriched by the vastness of its nature and indigenous history and the richness of its multiculturalism. It is producing artists of excellence with a fresh outlook and unique ideas, and audiences that are curious about the unexpected. Reflections upon questions of relevance, identity and integrity continue to drive creative concepts that speak to audiences around the world.

Philippa Allan

Founder and Director

Originally from Australia, Philippa Allan is widely experienced, both as an active musician and as a manager. She has lived in Berlin for over 20 years, returning regularly to Australia.

As a violinist, Philippa Allan toured, recorded and performed internationally with orchestras and chamber music formations, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Ever keen to venture off the beaten track, she explored contemporary classical music early on, experimenting with atypical concert formats and venues; and co-founding an electric string quartet during her studies in Sydney. She holds a B.Mus (Hon.) in violin and a Master of Laws (LLM in International Business and Management), and was a fellow of the Von Karajan Akademie of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from 1997 - 2000. 

Philippa made the move to artist management in 2007 and worked at a prominent international agency for several years and later as orchestral manager at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, before moving on to found Real Arts in early 2019

Philippa has always taken a special interest in contemporary music, interdisciplinary projects, and listening for voices which might otherwise be missed within the confines of existing traditional structures.  She seeks to empower artists to gain greater artistic control over their own careers and to participate in  current global conversations on change and growth in the music industry. Passionate about Australian music, she is keen to grow the international profile of the country’s arts organisations by nurturing meaningful global exchange and creative collaboration.

Anna d’Ersu-Binggeli

Artist Manager and Consultant

Following the completion of her Master of Public Affairs at Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in Paris, Anna’s professional career began at the Paris Opera and in the Music and Dance Department of the Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles d’Ile de France (DRAC). This was followed by several years between Paris and Aix-en-Provence working at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

In 2016, she moved to Sydney, Australia, where she worked in philanthropy at Opera Australia, managing the annual giving programs and later working with the company’s major donors and campaigns. In 2020, Anna joined the fund created by renowned soprano Nicole Car Freelance Artist Relief Australia as Director of Development, supporting the fragile ecosystem of Australian freelance musicians threatened by the pandemic.

Anna relocated to Berlin in 2020 and joined Real Arts, both as an Artist Manager and a consultant in fundraising strategies.