Interview an SXSW Performer for $50 in Seed Money

Who can’t use $50 these days? One way to collect that sum: Write a 1,000-word interview with one of the 2,000 or so bands and artists set to perform at the SXSW 2010 music festival in Austin, Texas, March-17-21, along with a biography of 300-500 words, for AOL’s Seed.com, according to GigaOM.

Former New York Times writer Saul Hansell, who was named head of programming at Seed in December, told GigaOM he is trying to learn how to “deploy human intelligence at scale,” adding that the goal of Seed.com is not just to aggregate “the lowest-common denominator of SEO-friendly pages.”

Hansell added that willing free-lancers would be provided with questions, and all submissions would be edited by AOL staff, telling GigaOM the goal was to “attract the people who are already excited about the process (and give them a) mix of financial and non-financial rewards.”

On the subject of Seed.com, TBI Research reports that its content-management system will not be ready until the end of 2010, adding that AOL’s acquisition of StudioNow will allow it to tap into a higher-quality video free-lance network.