The Documentary Channel is debuting a weekly three-hour block of music programming in 2011, premiering on Jan. 6 with the features "RIP: A Remix Manifesto" and "Everybody Loves the Tinklers."

"We've always loved music documentaries, and the past couple of years we've gotten such a great response from viewers and advertisers that we decided to create our own special block for them so people knew when to turn in," says Kate Pearson, Documentary Channel senior VP of programming.

To submit a film for the block, Pearson advises filmmakers to go to documentarychannel.com to print out an online submission form to mail in with a DVD. She says she's looking for documentaries on all genres of music and of all lengths, and is particular attuned to filmmakers who are willing to have their films streamed on the network's Web site for promotional purposes.

As for the two films that will open the block, "Tinklers" focuses on Baltimore's Charles Brohawn and Chris Mason, who have been performing for 30 years using non-traditional instruments like cigar boxes and spoons. Filmmaker Brett Gaylor's "RIP: A Remix Manifesto" studies the meaning of copyright in the digital age and the work of mash-up artist Girl Talk.

Other upcoming titles that will be features include: "Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer," "Festival Express," "The Salvation Blues," "Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam," "Talking Guitars," "Wired for Sound" and the Academy Award nominated "War/Dance."

The music documentary block will air Thursdays at 5 p.m. EST and repeat on Saturdays at 2 a.m. ET. The Documentary Network is available on satellite TV providers DirecTV and Dish Network.