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

Australia’s vibrant arts industry faces the challenge of distance in time and space when it comes to building long-term relationships across the globe, in a world where personal contact and the trust it brings is imperative.

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.


For Australian arts organisations, 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 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.

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 would like to participate in 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 could be heard by more 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.

Passionate about Australian music, she is keen to nurture and grow the international profile of the country’s arts organisations while empowering its artists to gain more control over their own international careers.

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On Stage

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, co-founding both a classical and an electric string quartet during her studies in Australia, performing in atypical venues such as jazz and dance clubs, wineries and at the Big Day Out.

Behind the Scenes

At Karsten Witt Musik Management from 2007-2015 she was Artist Manager for a range of conductors, the Arditti String Quartet, as well as various new music and interdisciplinary projects. She also worked as Advisor for Artistic Planning to Tonyeong International Music Festival, assisting Artistic Director at the time, Alexander Liebreich.

She worked as Orchestral Manager at the Deutsche Oper Berlin from 2015 – 2018, during which time she initiated new projects including an externally funded (IFAF) study of accoustics of the orchestral pit and potential improvements to materials in use, with a view to acheiving a more healthy work environment for the musicians while optimising the soundscape.


B.Mus (Hon.) - violin solo and string quartet
1997, University of Sydney, Conservatorium

Von Karajan Akademie of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
1997 - 2000, Berlin
Bachelor of Arts Management
2008, Fernuniversität Hagen
Master of Laws (LLM - International Business and Management)
2013, Liverpool University