The Nashville Metro Council has passed a resolution demanding\u00a0that\u00a0Spotify, Google, Amazon, and Pandora\u00a0accept\u00a0a\u00a044 percent increase to songwriters' portion of streaming royalties. The resolution follows weeks of protest by songwriters\u00a0and trade groups against the four tech companies, which\u00a0recently\u00a0announced plans to appeal the rate increase,\u00a0ordered last year by the Copyright Royalty Board,\u00a0the three-judge panel that\u00a0governs royalty law. The council's resolution, while symbolic, asks the four tech behemoths to "refrain from any appeal." "We have the greatest concentration of songwriters in any city in the world," council member Jeff Syracuse, who also works in\u00a0BMI's licensing department, told\u00a0Billboard. "This was an opportunity to advocate for that."\u00a0He added, "It\u2019s obviously critically important that we have viable songwriters, because they are the basis of the entire music industry." The CRB ruling\u2014the result of a two-year trial\u00a0on how royalty splits might adapt to the streaming era\u2014raises\u00a0songwriters'\u00a0portion of mechanical royalties from 10.5 percent of revenue to 15.1 percent of revenue by 2022. The National Music Publishers Association's president has called the ruling songwriters'\u00a0"second meaningful rate increase in 110 years." Earlier this month,\u00a0nearly 100 leading songwriters, including Nile Rodgers, Babyface,\u00a0and Frank Dukes, published an open letter demanding that Spotify specifically drop its appeal, and\u00a0around 300 songwriters gathered last week in Nashville for a so-called town hall to discuss the conflict. All four tech companies declined invitations to attend the Nashville event.