Roli files for administration but will return as Luminary
Roli made its name with its innovative Seaboard keyboard instruments, before expanding into music education. However, business has been challenging.
September 3, 2021
Roli boss talks Lumi keyboard and music education’s evolution
Music Ally first came across Roli in 2013, when it was named as a finalist in the SXSW Music Accelerator startups contest, before we reported on its $12.8m funding round the following year from investors including Universal...
October 5, 2020
Roli launches Kickstarter for Lumi educational instrument
British startup Roli has launched a series of inventive musical instruments. Its latest has been unveiled with a Kickstarter pre-orders campaign. The instrument is called Lumi, which is pitched as “the illuminated keyboard,...
June 19, 2019
Music-hardware startup Roli takes investment from Sony
British instrument-maker Roli has received new investment from tech giant Sony, through the latter’s VC arm Sony Innovation Fund. CEO Roland Lamb told Bloomberg that the deal is a “significant investment and relationship...
June 5, 2018
ROLI boss talks Seaboard Block and democratising music-making
British music-hardware startup ROLI has just launched its latest product, Seaboard Block, which the company hopes will help it attract more customers who are mainstream, amateur musicians rather than just professionals. The...
June 15, 2017
ROLI raises $27m funding round for Seaboard instruments
Musical instrument-maker ROLI has raised a Series B funding round of $27m, led by US venture capital firm Foundry Group. Universal Music also chipped in to the round, as it did for ROLI’s $12.8m Series A round in 2014.
May 5, 2016
Roli to launch Equator music-making app for iPhone
British startup Roli secured investment from Universal Music for its Seaboard instruments, but now the company is expanding into mobile music-making. Later this month, Roli will release an iPhone app called Equator, which...
November 10, 2015
Roli buys social music-creation service Blend
We’ve written before about Roli, the UK startup whose innovative Seaboard instruments are backed by investment from Universal Music Group. Now Roli is putting that funding to acquisitive use, buying social music-collaboration...
October 23, 2015
ROLI goes more mainstream with Seaboard Rise instrument
At last year’s Web Summit conference in Dublin, Music Ally’s jaw genuinely did drop at a demo of UK startup ROLI’s Seaboard Grand pressure-sensitive piano-like instrument. But at £1,599 for the 37-key model and £2,499...
September 11, 2015
Universal invests in ROLI for keyboard and music software development
Universal Music is among a group of strategic investors in the Seaboard Grand, a new type of keyboard where its rubber leys allow players to bend notes much like a guitarist would do. The ROLI has raised $12.8m in Series...
August 1, 2014